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Liverpool and Everton ground-sharing option steps up a gear

Plans for a shared stadium between Liverpool and Everton football clubs have taken a significant step forward after Liverpool’s American owners agreed to meet the North West Development Agency (NWDA) about the proposals.

NWDA chief executive Steve Broomhead has said he will be meeting Kop Holdings, Liverpool owners Tom Hicks' and George Gillett’s company, in light of the current economic climate.

Speaking to the Liverpool Daily Post, Broomhead said: ‘More and more it looks like we are to upgrade the sporting stadiums for Merseyside, the ground-sharing option has to go back on the table.

‘A fundamental economic appraisal of a ground share is needed.’

It is understood that both clubs are against a ground-sharing option, but both Liverpool’s owners are feeling the strain of the economic downturn since the sub-prime loan crisis in America.

Despite Liverpool having planning permission to build a new stadium – as well as £60 million in place to start construction – work has not yet started.

Broomhead said: ‘We continue to watch this with interest. We are not seeing any real progress at Anfield in raising the money for the new stadium.

‘I have been invited to discussions at the end of the week with Kop Holdings.’

Everton’s plans for a new stadium in Kirkby go in front of a Knowsley Council planning committee on Monday, but there is mounting opposition to the plans, especially from Everton supporters who want to keep the club’s ground in Liverpool.

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