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Salford City Reds owner may purchase football club

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Koukash also wants to launch his own TV channel. (©GettyImages)
Koukash also wants to launch his own TV channel. (©GettyImages).

Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash has revealed he is interested in taking over a football club.

The businessman and racehorse owner took over Salford Reds in January and brought in many players and has promised more signings.

The Kuwaiti born 54-year old has said that he could take control of a football club very shortly and revealed that he has almost brought one in the past.

"There is a club I'm looking at which hopefully we will be able to secure within the next month or two," he told BBC World Service.

"I'm not going to reveal which club it is but it will compliment my interest in racing and rugby.

"Before I got involved in racing I was at the point where I nearly completed the purchase of a Championship side.

"I had quite a lot of success early on to the point where I put football aside and concentrated more on racing, and now I'm looking for a new challenge."

Koukash saved Salford from administration when the Liverpool-based businessman took over. He soon made major changes replacing manager Phil Veivers with ex-Great Britain coach Brian Noble. He also called for the Rugby Football League to increase the current salary cap of £1.8m in order to flex his financial wealth.

He failed with ambitious bids for three England players, Sam Tomkins, Adrian Morley and Rangi Chase in the first few weeks of the season. Salford currently sit bottom of the Super League and Koukash will be hopeful that he can bring in more players to change to club's fortunes.

He went some way to revealing clues about the football team he may soon be the owner of and also stated that he wants his own TV channel.

"The particular club we're looking at the remedy for it is there," he added. "It was a huge club previously and it just needs that little bit of extra investment to take it to the next level.

"By bringing in the personnel that were previously associated with the club at its heyday and bringing people in who are genuine club supporters it will excite the fans.

"Once I get the football club I will definitely have my own TV channel which will cover my three sports; racing, rugby and football."


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