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US businessman John Textor talks up Everton interest as he looks to sell Crystal Palace stake

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John Textor hopes to sell his share of Crystal Palace while the club is on an upward trajectory – AP/Kin CheungJohn Textor expressed interest in eventually buying Everton after confirming he is actively exploring a sale of his roughly 40 per cent stake in Crystal Palace.Raine Group, the New York broker which secured sales for Chelsea and Manchester United, has been consulting with the tech entrepreneur since at least January.Textor has now gone public with his plans as he looks to exploit the “not unnoticed” momentum at a club which finished the Premier League season 10th and in sparkling form.Chairman Steve Parish, Textor and his fellow US businessmen Josh Harris and David Blitzer oversee the running of the Selhurst Park club as general partners. However, Textor has repeatedly hinted at frustrations that he does not exert as much club control as he would like.He told the Financial Times that while he was “extremely proud” of his part in helping Palace achieve “a level of sustainability that is incredibly uncommon in today’s Premier League”, his vision for running a multi-club network was not aligned with the club’s goals.“Crystal Palace is an independent club,” he added. “An integrated sporting model, such as ours at Eagle, is simply not a perfect fit.”To the surprise of senior figures at Everton, Textor went on to suggest that he would eventually be interested in coming to the rescue at Everton.‘Everton represents the best of English football’Telegraph Sport reported last week how crisis-torn US firm 777 Partners have been given until the end of May to complete a deal for the Merseyside club.Farhad Moshiri has since confirmed to the Everton fan advisory board that he has also received “unsolicited” approaches from other parties for his 94 per cent stake.Textor suggested he may have been among those to contact Moshiri. “I’m watching it but 777 still has a contract,” he told The Athletic. “There are people that are close to the club who care a lot about it who are also investing.“There’s the guy running it [Moshiri] who’s still calling the shots. Maybe we’re uniquely positioned to solve a lot of problems for people but we’re just watching it right now because there are other people who already own pieces of that club who also want to figure it out.“I’m looking at that but it’s quite confusing and some things have to clean up.“Everton represents the best of English football: the struggles, the glory, the want. I love that it’s out of London. Everybody should want to buy Everton right now.”Insiders close to the sale of Everton said the comments were “all a bit academic” as his Eagle Football Holdings Group would first have to sell its share in Palace to avoid breaching multi-club ownershipBroaden your horizons with award-winning British journalism. Try The Telegraph free for 3 months with unlimited access to our award-winning website, exclusive app, money-saving offers and more.

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