Energy drink mogul Storey claims he’s made ‘formal legal offer’ to buy Sunderland and boasts of ‘blue chip backers’

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ENERGY DRINK entrepreneur William Storey claims he has launched a bid to buy Sunderland.

Black Cats owner Stewart Donald, who resigned as chairman last week, is desperate to sell and is holding out for £35million.

And the shaggy bearded Storey, CEO of Rich Energy, revealed his move on Twitter on Friday.

He said: “I am limited in what I can say due to NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), but I can confirm that I have made a formal legal offer for Sunderland.

“I have significant funding from blue chip backers. Sunderland are a giant of English football & their fans deserve a team to reflect that stature.”

Storey is yet to provide proof of funds, with Donald believed to be in talks with other suitors.

Rich Energy has dabbled in F1 having failed in an attempt to save the Force India team from administration.

Storey’s company then entered a sponsorship agreement with Haas F1 team but the contract was terminated early.

He told SunSport at the time: “Haas [are]nice people but the car is going backwards. We are a superior product to Red Bull. A milkfloat at back of grid a disaster for us. End of.”

Sunderland narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs in 2019/20 after the season was cut short due to coronavirus.

On Friday, Northern Ireland international Tom Flanagan signed a new two-year deal with the club.

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