Wycombe Wanderers aim to have a ‘world-class football academy with branches in both England and Kazakhstan’, according to the club’s new owner.

This comes after it was confirmed on May 4 that billionaire Mikhail Lomtadze had purchased the Couhig family’s 90 per cent share in the club.

The other 10 per cent belongs to the Supporter’s Trust.

Now, with the takeover complete, it is expected that Wanderers will aim to help the development of several promising players from the Eastern European/Central Asian country, whilst also looking to nurture talent on homegrown soil.

In an X [Twitter] post that was shared from the official Kaspi account [the company which Lomtadze owns], on May 6, it revealed that the project would cost the equivalent to roughly £18m.

Lomtadze explained: “It was my longing dream to create a world-class professional children's football academy in Kazakhstan and England, where the best and most talented young football players and future stars will be trained.

“Studying at the academy will be completely free, young athletes will have the opportunity to learn from the best coaches in our country and the homeland of football - England.

“Football is a mass and entertainment sport with great potential for improving sportsmanship, and in many countries, football is a source of great pride.

“I am confident that our football can be taken to a new level using my experience in creating innovative businesses using modern technologies and artificial intelligence.

“I hope that we will be able to train world-class stars for Kazakhstani football.

“The dream of any football academy student is to play in the main team of a football club.

“Therefore, an academy without a football club has no chance of success.

“Simply put, you train and improve your skills in the academy, and there is no opportunity to play in the first team of the club.

“I plan to change it, because the club intends to give opportunities to our graduates, to be a place for them to open the way to big football."

The 48-year-old joins the club’s board alongside Eduard Vyshnyakov and Dan Rice.

Vyshnyakov will be help the board with financial controls and planning of the club, whilst Rice will take up the position of Chief Football Officer, reporting directly to the Club’s Board of Directors.

The latter has more than 15 years working within the football industry which included senior management positions at Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and Southampton, whilst also working with the England National Team.