Ottawa Fury FC
FC Edmonton
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas
1:00 AM GMT May 30, 2015
Game Details
New Zealand U20
Ukraine U20
1:00 AM GMT May 30, 2015
Game Details
Myanmar U20
4:00 AM GMT May 30, 2015
Game Details
Argentina U20
Panama U20
4:00 AM GMT May 30, 2015
Game Details

Four key battles in the FA Cup final

Tactics and Analysis

A lookback at the top memes of the season

The Toe Poke

Aston Villa vs. Arsenal in FA Cup final

50-50 Challenge

No. 35: Charlie Austin, QPR

By ESPN Staff

Lerner moves past 90 per cent in bid for control of Villa

Randy Lerner has increased his holding in Aston Villa to over 90 per cent of all shares in the club and now intends to exercise his right to compulsorily purchase the remainder as soon as possible.

The American officially became chairman of the club last week in place of Doug Ellis and today a statement to the Stock Exchange by Lerner's company, Reform Acquisitions Limited, confirmed he had passed the point where he is entitled to complete a total buy-out.

The statement from RAL read: 'RAL has now received valid acceptances of the offer in respect of more than 90 per cent of the Aston Villa shares to which the offer relates.

'Accordingly, RAL has today issued notices under Schedule 2 to the Takeovers Directive (Interim Implementation) Regulations 2006 to those Aston Villa shareholders who have not already accepted the offer, informing them that it now intends to exercise its rights to acquire compulsorily all the Aston Villa shares outstanding at the expiry of the requisite notice period.

'In the meantime, the offer remains open for acceptance.'

Lerner, who also owns NFL franchise Cleveland Browns, is expected to de-list Villa from the Stock Exchange and run the club as a private company.

It was confirmed in late July that the 44-year-old had held initial discussions regarding a takeover with Ellis.

Lerner is chairman of credit card company MBNA, taking over the role following the death of his father in 2002 and is worth a reported 1.2 billion US dollars.