GOODISON legend Peter Reid is trying to buy his beloved Everton.
The former Toffees star is senior advisor to an international investment company raising funds to take over a leading club.
And London Nominees Ltd, which has offices in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands, has Everton at the top of its list.
The company branched out into the world of soccer last March with the launch of its Football Fund. Reid is a central figure with the firm because of his football knowledge, contacts and experience.
And his continuing close links with Everton make the club an obvious target. The 52-year-old Reid is working hard to realise the dream.
The ex-England star was busy last week trying to raise funds for the project in Thailand, where he is coach of the national team.
He and fellow advisors Jim Smith, the former Newcastle, Oxford, QPR and Derby manager, and Neil Sillett, son of Coventry's FA Cup-winning boss John, were talking to super-rich British ex-pats and asking them to invest.
Company sources say the response from potential investors has been "very good" and that the firm will make its move once funds are in place.
Current Everton chairman Bill Kenwright admits he lacks the cash or resources to take the club forward and build a planned new £400million stadium in Kirkby. [How did he figure that out!?]
Last October he confessed: "Everyone knows this football club needs investment. If I can sell it, it will be sold tomorrow."
Since then Kenwright has been searching worldwide for new owners with pockets deep enough to build the new stadium and hand manager David Moyes cash for the transfer market.
Kenwright's "saviour" might well turn out to be a local hero born in Huyton, just six miles from Goodison.
Reid is an Everton hero. He made 167 appearances for the club, winning league titles in 1985 and 1987, the FA Cup in 1984 and European Cup Winners Cup in 1985.
In 2006 he was named an "Everton Giant" as recognition of his key midfield role in those glory days. His next title could be chairman.
It's registered to British Virgin Islands...same place as BCR Sports (Robert Earl's holding company), I suppose they could be related.