Date: 23rd November 2010 at 11:11pm
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Milan Mandaric is hopeful of completing a deal to buy Wednesday sooner rather than later, after giving his representatives ‘the green light to see if they can close the deal’.

The Leicester City chairman spoke with BBC Radio Sheffield ahead of the Owls’ npower League One clash with Walsall on Tuesday night, highlighting his desire ‘to do some serious business’ and complete a deal before Wednesday’s next High Court date on Wednesday, December 1.

The Serbian-American businessman is one of a number of interested parties in taking over the Hillsborough club, with local businessman Spencer Fearn also reported to be heading a consortium, and former Owls director Mick Wright throwing his hat into the ring.

Fans’ group One Wednesday, backed by local businessman Garry Scotting, are also looking to raise enough funds to form a deal for the club.

But Mandaric, who sold the Foxes to a Thai consortium earlier this season but remains chairman at the Walkers Stadium, is the favourite to takeover amongst the Owls support.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘I’ve made no secret of my desire to help the club – I hope I’m not too far from the line.

‘I have given my representatives the green light to see if they can close the deal.

‘Things are in the hands of the [Co-operative] bank now but they’re being very helpful. I hope they’ll get back to us in the next day or two and we’ll be able to do some serious business.

“They know we’re credible people, very football orientated and we’re capable financially. So I don’t know what else they’d need.’

The former Portsmouth owner has already seen what former chairman Dave Allen called a ‘derisory’ offer for his loan notes rejected.

But it’s believed Mandaric is the favourite to take over with the Co-operative Bank, a major advantage as the club looks to tie up a deal as soon as possible.