A DEAL to return Wycombe Wanderers to the hands of its supporters is on the verge of being completed.

The club has announced that millionaire owner Steve Hayes, who is also selling rugby giants Wasps, is in the 'final stage of negotiations' to hand over the reigns to the Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

The announcement ends weeks of speculation about the future of the Adams Park club and is subject to shareholders agreeing to changes to their rights.

But both parties are said to be confident of the deal being finalised in the coming weeks.

It would end Hayes' eight-year association with Wycombe, who celebrate their 125 th anniversary next season, which saw him win a shareholder vote and take full control of the club in 2009.

“I am confident that Wycombe Wanderers Trust are the right people to take the club forward,” he said. “For now the focus of everyone involved is to ensure the deal is completed as quickly as possible.”

Trevor Stroud, Trust chairman, said: “We believe we are in a strong position to take the club and Adams Park forward under the Trust’s stewardship and we are pleased with the favourable terms being offered by Steve Hayes in this process.

“Whilst we work towards making this deal happen and we focus on key financial and legal matters, there will be no further comment from the Trust until such time as a deal has been finalised.” 

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