Wigan Athletic takeover deal edges forward

Wigan Athletic owners the Whelan family agree a deal in principle to sell their majority stake in the club to a Hong Kong-based consortium.

Wigan Athletic's proposed takeover deal has reportedly moved a step closer to completion.

Club owners the Whelan family have agreed in principle to sell their majority stake to a Hong Kong-based consortium, according to Sky Sports News.

Both the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and English Football League must ratify the deal before it can be finalised.

The Whelan family has owned Wigan since 1995, overseeing the club's move to the 25,000-capacity DW Stadium, rise to the Premier League, FA Cup success and most recently its League One title triumph in that time.

Former chairman Dave Whelan also owned the Wigan Warriors rugby league side, who also play at the DW, until 2007 when he offloaded his stake to current majority shareholder Ian Lenagan.

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