These takeover plans are coinciding with the VH Group's growing ambitions to be a global player. Rovers' Chairman John Williams said: "A series of meetings, including discussions with the Premier League, have followed an extensive due diligence process. Both parties are hopeful that the transaction will be completed in November." Venkys' Chairperson Anuradha J. Desai said: "We expect to be the first Indian company to acquire a Premier League team and we are particularly delighted that the team is Blackburn Rovers, with whom we believe we have many shared values and ambitions. The club website quotes, Sam Allardyce, the club manager, who says that it important for Rovers to secure 'new investment' to help push the club forward. "It would seem that things are progressing and maybe we are getting closer to a decision. The club has been for sale for some time and new investment would be most welcome. Investment is needed at every football club and investment here has dried up somewhat because of the club being up for sale.