Argyle Green investor Rudy Cline-Thomas tipped to become Leeds United director
One of the members of Argyle Green, the group of United States-based investors who bought into Plymouth Argyle last summer, is set to join the board of Leeds United.
Rudy Cline-Thomas is expected to cut his ties to Argyle by gifting his small stake back to the club, which would clear the way for Leeds to appoint him as a director, according to The Athletic's Phil Hay.
United's minority shareholders 49ers Enterprises have reached an agreement to buy out current Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and bring his six-year stint at Elland Road to an end.
The prospective deal is now being considered by the EFL, who will assess key investors within the group, and American entrepreneur Cline-Thomas has been named as one of these.
Cline-Thomas is set to end his association with Argyle to comply with EFL regulations and avoid any conflict of interest, Hay added in his article for the Athletic.
Leeds and Argyle will both be in the Championship next season, following United's relegation from the Premier League and the Pilgrims' promotion as League One champions.
Cline-Thomas, who has represented some for the biggest stars in NBA basketball, was named among the members of Argyle Green when they bought a 20 per cent stake in Argyle for £4 million last August.
Nick Giannotti, a key figure within Argyle Green and a member of the Pilgrims' board, gave an interview about the US-based investment group to Plymouth Live earlier this summer.
In it he explained that Argyle Green was "a main core of I would say 13 people, and then there is maybe another 30 people that come along for the ride."