Ilkeston FC owner Nigel Harrop says he is still confident a takeover of the club is imminent - but is remaining tight-lipped over the specifics of the deal.
Harrop explained last week that his efforts to sell the Robins had been met with great interest from several parties, some with better offers and ideas in place than others.
It has now emerged that one major front-runner has become favourite to take the club on, with the final formalities of any sale now taking place.
Harrop said: “The new person has to pass all of the usual fit and proper person tests required by the Football Association.
“I’d love to say more, I’m absolutely desperate to, but in the interests of the deal I can’t say too much too soon.
“But the deal is very close. The buyers are aware it needs to happen quickly so they can get in order everything that needs to be in place for next season, but at the same time the relevant boxes have to be ticked from both sides to ensure everything is done properly.”
Harrop also maintained his desire that any deal be with the best interests of the club at heart.
He said: “I want this club to be sustainable for the next 50 years and some of the offers on the table didn’t give me the confidence that would happen.
“I’m not as bad as people often make out but I know fans deserve a lot better than they’ve had while I’ve been in charge and I’m doing all I can to make sure that any new owners will deliver that.
“People have to want this club for the right reasons.”