So how long does due diligence take exactly, and why are the potential new owners shrouded in secrecy? When Sullivan & Gold bought West Ham, we knew what was coming in advance of the deal being done. When Fernandes took over at QPR, he twattered every step along the way. Nottingham Forest still haven't been bought but everybody knows the potential buyer is Big Al-Hasawis.
As every day ticks by without news, suspicions, probably unfounded, grow. Poor Leeds fans are trawling the net, desperate for news, any news, and just follow links that lead up blind alleys - like this one. Even the Yorkshire Evening Post is reduced to writing pap, waiting, waiting, waiting, for the big news to break.
Speculation now centres on a member of the Bahrain Royal Family. But last week it was a member of the Kuwait Royal Family. And the week before, the nation was Qatar. Master Bates must be loving this, keeping the Leeds fans he hates with a vengeance dangling on a piece of string, pulling on their choke chains, sitting smugly in his cabin watching the good ship Leeds floundering in the doldrums whilst Bosun Warnock looks desperately for any hands to press gang into working the decks.
But hang on, who is that mysterious figure slipping on board ship under cover of darkness? What do you think Stubb? Any idea Starbuck? You what Flask? What did you say Queequeg? It's who? The Fedallah? Come to slay the white whale Moby Bates?
Welcome aboard the Pequod, sailing out of Leeds instead of New Bedford!