Manchester United could soon be the subject of a sustained campaign to buy the club from the group of businessmen calling themselves the 'Red Knights'.
The group have issued a statement outlining their aims and their intention to formulate a £1 billion plan to buy the club from the Glazer family.
There has as yet been no formal contact with the Glazers though.
"We can confirm that a group of high net worth individuals, who support Manchester United (known as the 'Red Knights'), met in London yesterday," a statement released on behalf of the Red Knights reads.
"This group is supportive of current management but are looking at the feasibility of putting together a proposal to be put to the Glazer family regarding the ownership of Manchester United.
"These discussions are in early stages and no contact has been made with the Glazer family."
Keith Harris, a notable figure when it comes to making football deals, is one of the group, as is John O'Neill, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs and a one-time friend of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
The group are clear, though, that for the idea to succeed then it must enjoy the widespread support of United fans.
"For such a proposal to be viable it would require the involvement and support of Manchester United supporters worldwide," the statement goes on.
"The Red Knights have been liaising with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and their representatives attended yesterday's meeting.
"As a first step, the Red Knights want supporters to demonstrate their commitment by joining the free online membership of the Supporters Trust, www.joinmust.org
"Any new ownership model would aim not only to put the club on a sound financial footing, but would also aim to put the supporters at the heart of everything the club does."