Raja Sapta Oktohari has denied being part of a deal to buy Derby County and questions Erik Alonso’s claims of being involved in Bali United, football5star report.

Alonso is on the verge of becoming Derby’s new owner after agreeing a deal to buy the club.

The 29-year-old Spaniard previously tried to buy Sheffield Wednesday, but he has since turned his attentions to Derby and has an agreement pending EFL approval.

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But many questions have been raised about Alonso’s financial status and where the money is coming from, with the Daily Mail reporting Oktohari could be involved.

The Indonesian businessman, however, has since denied those claims.

“The news is not true. I do know Erik Alonso. In the past I knew him from boxing, not football. But I don’t know what his motive is. He [Alonso] also claimed to be involved in Bali United,” Okhotari explained.

Alonso told Spanish website El Confidencial of his involvement with Bali United, but this has seemingly been dismissed by owners of the Indonesian club.

The prospective new Derby owner also sparked a reaction from Cardiff City, with the Bluebirds also denying Alonso’s claims he was in talks to take over the Welsh club (Wales Online).

There no doubt appears a cloud of uncertainty over the ambitious Spaniard.

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Derby have already tasted disappointment following the failed takeover by Sheikh Khaled, and they will be hoping this isn’t another false dawn with Mel Morris keen to step down.

On the pitch, Derby are still battling for Championship survival and face Blackburn Rovers away on Friday hoping a victory can give them extra breathing space.

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