Napoli owner interested in buying Leyton Orient
Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to use Leyton Orient as a feeder club for academy graduates
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis looks set to organize a consortium that are looking to buy League 1 club Leyton Orient, reports the Daily Star.
It is thought that De Laurentiis is looking to emulate the successes of fellow Serie A side Udinese's academy. They currently own Championship side Watford, and of late have used the Hornets as a feeder club to send some of their younger players out on-loan to gain some experience.
De Laurentiis will look to players like Matej Vydra, who has gone from an Udinese youngster to a well-established professional attracting transfer attention from across the world, because of his loan to Watford from Udinese. And De Laurentiis has identified the Brisbane Road side as the perfect club to create a loan partnership with.
And according to the Gazzetta Dello Sport, De Laurentiis is not worried about the same fate faced by the Pozzo family who were criticised for their use of Watford and Grenada as purely loan clubs.
Gianfranco Zola's team were loaned over 10 players from the two clubs, with the likes of Almen Abdi, Matej Vydra and Ickechi Anya helping the Hornets into the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Crystal Palace.
A takeover doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon, with an Orient spokesperson confirming that there has been no communication with chairman Barry Hearn. The spokesperson to the Daily Star: "They can give us a call if they want to."
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