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Barry Norgove admits an interest

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Kidderminster Harriers have admitted that former Bromsgrove Rovers chairman Tom Herbert has been in touch since the club was put up for sale.

Kidderminster Harriers have admitted that former Bromsgrove Rovers chairman Tom Herbert has been in touch since the club was put up for sale.

But Harriers chairman Barry Norgrove insists he has not been negotiating with Herbert for the transfer of the non-league outfit to fresh ownership.

Norgrove has met with five different parties interested in taking control at Aggborough, three stand-alone people and two consortiums.

All have proved they have the financial clout to complete a deal but no-one has agreed to put their money on the table as yet, with talks set to continue over the coming weeks.

Herbert has had his name tarnished by the troubles at Bromsgrove under his command, which saw the 115-year old club effectively fold under his regime.

But Norgrove insists he hasn't come forward to buy Harriers – although he may be pulling the strings somewhere in the background.

He said: "Tom Herbert might be linked to one of the consortiums that are interested, I have got inkling there might be something there, although they haven't said anything about it.

"Tom has called me about bits and pieces, but I haven't had a serious conversation with him about buying the club, although he did enquire about what we wanted for it.

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"To be honest, I don't really know about him or his finances that much, but I am told he's been in football a long time."

Harriers have already hit a snag in their budgeting for the months ahead with the club banking on progression in the FA Cup, which went up in smoke after a defeat at the first hurdle last Saturday.

That has forced a rethink in figures but Norgrove is confident it will not hold up negotiations, with potential buyers made aware from the start of the potential pitfalls on the field.

The chairman is hoping to sell up and step back before 2011 and is holding out hope of achieving that goal.

He said: "It's still early stages, but we are hoping to get something a bit more concrete over the next few weeks.

"I am hoping we can get something sorted out way before Christmas."

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