One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson ‘in talks to buy Doncaster Rovers’

The singer played for his beloved club's reserve team earlier this year

One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson is reportedly in talks to buy Doncaster Rovers FC.

Tomlinson – who played the reserves team earlier this year – is allegedly joining forces with the team’s former owner John Ryan, setting up a trust and bidding to become co-chairman of the team he has supported all his life.

A source has told The Sun: “John is the business brains. He’s incredibly experienced and Louis is learning so much from him. They want the deal to go through by July in time for the start of the new season. It’s at an advanced stage.” The unnamed source added: ”He and John have very ambitious plans for the club. They want to get back to the Championship within a year, and into the Premiership within three years.”

Tomlinson was recently involved in a minor scandal following the emergence of a video which seems to show him and his bandmate Zayn Malik smoking a “joint” in the back of a car. It is claimed that the video was filmed on April 27 while the singers were being driven through Lima, Peru on their way to a gig at the Estadio Nacional. The five-minute video appears to be filmed by Tomlinson, who is heard saying, “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” It is not illegal to possess a small amount of cannabis in Peru. The rest of the band are not present in the video.

It is also being reported that the band’s tour managers are worried that the incident could jeopardise tour plans in North America. One Direction’s management told the BBC: “This matter is in the hands of our lawyers.”