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SBD Global/June 19, 2013/Franchises

Super League Rugby Salford City Owner To Take Over League One Side Oldham Athletic

Super League rugby Salford City Reds Owner Marwan Koukash "wants to buy" League One side Oldham Athletic, according to Mike Keegan of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. The horse-racing magnate, who saved the Super League side from administration in February, "is hoping to complete his takeover at Boundary Park before the start of the new season." Koukash said that "he was close to buying a football club and returning it to its heyday." He "refused to identify the club," but it is understood that it is League One Latics, whose Chair Simon Corney "is looking to sell." A source close to Koukash confirmed that the club is Oldham and added that "the potential swoop would not affect his ownership of the Reds." Koukash also said, "There is a club I'm looking at which hopefully we will be able to secure within the next month or two" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 6/18).
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