CHAIRMAN Anthony Hampson says Worcester City has had “no further contact” with Dean Holdsworth since takeover talks began last month.

Holdsworth met with Hampson and director Mark Wilcox when City hosted Rocester on April 24.

The Worcester News understands Droitwich-based Holdsworth has contacted potential investors from the Middle East and London as well as beginning a due diligence process.

The ex-Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers striker will target the purchase of the 143,645 unallocated shares in City, a little under half of the current maximum of 300,000, plus more from existing shareholders subject to assurances over a stadium site and off-field structure.

Access to any more than one per cent would be subject to a change to the company's constitution, which would have to be supported by at least three quarters of City’s current shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

“We had our meeting at the ground and await any further approach that Dean may wish to make to the club,” said Hampson.

“I have had no further contact with Dean since that meeting. The ball was left in his court to come back to us, that was the way it was left.”

Holdsworth declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Hampson confirmed the club’s next progress meeting for the Parsonage Way stadium project had been scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).

Talks over the heads of terms, which sets out the framework for the back-to-back lease with Worcester City Council and the Worcestershire FA, is likely to be high on the agenda.

Last month, Hampson reported “there is some work to be done” regarding the heads of terms.

“Negotiations are ongoing,” he said this week. “The meeting will include that and gathering up the reports relevant to the planning application.”