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NFL team make near €1 billion bid to buy home of English football

Could the English international team be on the move?

The Jags have made London their second home.
The Jags have made London their second home.
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Updated Apr 26th 2018, 5:00 PM

AMERICAN BILLIONAIRE SHAHID Khan has made a €917 million (£800m) bid to buy Wembley Stadium.

Khan, owner of both Fulham FC and the Jacksonville Jaguars, made an offer believed to include nearly €600m up-front.

The Jaguars have played one home game per-season in the UK since 2013 and Khan — who is worth upwards of €5 billion — has been a long-time proponent of a UK-based NFL franchise.

Today, Khan issued a statement to calm speculation that he was relocating the team by saying the purchase was just to create a new revenue stream for the Jaguars:

However, many still believe the move to be a precursor to his Jaguars team making the move across the pond permanently sometime in the future.

Whatever happens, it is likely that the stadium will still be used for the FA Cup and some England internationals.

A spokesman for the FA said:

We can confirm the FA Board has received an offer for Wembley from Shahid Khan.”

The NFL have given their support to the move with a statement of their own this afternoon:

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