Limerick FC chairman Pat O'Sullivan has rebuffed clareports that he held talks Ghana international Michael Essien about taking a stake at the newly promoted Premier Division club.

O'Sullivan was responding to a report in the Limerick Life newspaper which claimed that prolonged negotiations between Essien and the club began during the summer,.

The newspaper reports that a 40% stake at the club has also been offered to a Wexford businessman with a further smaller stake offered to Essien.

But O'Sullivan has denied offering to sell the club to anyone, stating: "If I am, there will be a (public) announcement made about it.

"Michael Essien visited (Limerick) for a game while he was here on a private visit. He was in Limerick and I believe he asked to come to a game, and, just like anyone else, he was facilitated."

O'Sullivan, who has pumped a substantial amount of his own money into Limerick, welcomed Essien to the Markets Field for a game with Shelbourne last summer.

Essien later posted pictures from his Limerick visit on his Twitter account, thanking O'Sullivan and the fans for their welcome.

It's believed he also visited Limerick FC's soccer academy in Bruff, with a view to using the former convent boarding school and adjoining sports fields for a sports education programme helping teenagers from disadvantaged communities.