Ken Bates wants to buy Plymouth Argyle, according to reports
Businessman Ken Bates is considering buying Plymouth Argyle, according to reports in the national press.
Several newspapers are today reporting that the chairman of Leeds is weighing up buying Plymouth Argyle having sold his stake in the northern Championship team in December.
The former Chelsea boss, 81, will be chairman at Leeds until the end of the season.
Bates has also been involved with the management of Oldham and Wigan - and is renowned for turning round the financial and footballing fortunes of Leeds and Chelsea.
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Plymouth Argyle president Chris Webb took to Twitter today to dismiss the reports as "typical lazy tabloid page filler".
Plymouth Argyle is currently owned by Devon businessman James Brent - who bought the club out of the brink of financial ruin.
Bates was raised by his grandparents in a council flat and grew up a QPR fan but never made it as a player.
He made his money in haulage, quarrying and concrete - as well as farming - and once tried to buy an island. He also set up a bank.