Lebedevs meet Gordon Brown

Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny have reportedly met Gordon Brown at Downing Street, ahead of fi

The Russian billionaire has time until this Friday when the deadline for the proposed deal ends.

The Independent News & Media (INM) is reportedly keen to conclude the deal before releasing its results on 24 March.

Lebedevs' plans for the Independent are under wraps. He is supposedly playing hardball in the final stages of the deal.

Various issues such as reduction of redundancy packages, pension fund, and negotiations over a £19m printing contract with Trinity Mirror are currently being settled between the two parties, and in all probability will not hinder the deal.