Norwich City linked with multi-millionaire businessman

Chris LakeyNorwich City expect to talk to multi-millionaire Asian businessman Lotus F1 team boss Tony Fernandes about possible investment at Carrow Road. The Malyasian is a regular visitor at the Lotus factory at Hingham and is believed to have visited Carrow Road.Chris Lakey

Norwich City expect to talk to multi-millionaire Asian businessman Lotus F1 team boss Tony Fernandes about possible investment at Carrow Road.

The Malyasian is a regular visitor at the Lotus factory at Hingham and is believed to have visited Carrow Road.

Mike Gascoyne, his technical director at Lotus, was at the game on Saturday, with the BBC's F1 presenter and Canaries fan Jake Humphrey, all of which has raised speculation of renewed links between City and the Lotus brand.

City have appointed Deloitte to seek out new investment, with a meeting expected to take place as early as next week to discuss just who is interested.

With a personal wealth estimated at more than $230m, Fernandes (pictured, with Gascoyne) is a wanted man, having recently admitted that he had been approached by seven clubs after seeing his bid to take over at West Ham fall through - ironically to David Gold and David Sullivan, two men who were also linked with a possible Norwich takeover.

City, with �23m worth of debts, are likely to be one of those interested in talking to the 45-year-old, who is behind the successful no-frills airline AirAsia, which sponsors referees for all senior football in England.

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"Given the connection between Lotus and Norwich City and Norfolk and Tony's love of sport, I'm sure that over the next few months there will be some conversations with Tony about how we can work together," said City's chief executive David McNally.

Chairman Alan Bowkett said: "I'd be very happy to meet Tony is he wants to talk to me about it. We have a high profile in Malaysia, which I know Tony manages his airline from, with our former sponsor Proton. So we'd be

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