Prospective Sheffield United owner Dozy Mmobuosi has brought in Deloitte to independently audit his group of companies.
The world-renowned auditing firm are combing through the Nigerian’s Tingo Group, which should offer further credibility to his bid to purchase the Championship side.
Mmobuosi’s proposed takeover is with the EFL, who asked for more information on his attempted buyout last month are considering answers sent within 48 hours of the request before deciding whether to ratify a sale.
Tingo’s financial results are expected in the coming weeks and revenues are likely to exceed €1billion. Deloitte’s involvement is sure to be of interest to EFL’s governance team, as well as chief executive Trevor Birch and chairman Rick Parry.
The EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ tests have been ramped up in recent years and the league are using more stringent measures to vet potential custodians, with no decision yet made on Mmobuosi’s deal.
The Blades cannot afford the takeover situation to linger for too much longer though, with serious concerns over their financial future – despite the club’s excellent season on the pitch.
Paul Heckingbottom’s side – second in the Championship – booked a place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a pulsating 3-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane via Tommy Doyle’s stoppage-time winner.