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Salford City Reds buyer on club takeover

The takeover of the Salford City Reds should be completed by Monday - or at least, so says the man buying them.

Dr Marwan Koukash, the racehorse owner based in St Helens, was in town to watch Salford's friendly match against Wigan last night.

The club is believed to be 600 thousand pounds in debt and face a winding up order in just over a fortnight.

But Koukash claims a deal will be completed in a matter of hours. He gave his first TV interview to David Chisnall.

Salford City Reds chairman releases statement

The Chairman of Salford City Reds has released a statement about today's ruling.

Everyone is working every available hour to ensure that the on-going negotiations progress forward into an outcome that secures the future success of the Salford Rugby League Club. We appreciate what a stressful time this is for staff, players and supporters and thank you all for your patience and understanding.

What today’s ruling provides is the time needed to secure the investment and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.

One thing is foremost in our minds - Salford’s rugby club must continue for the fans of today to enjoy and for the generations of fans to come.

– John Wilkinson, Chairman, Salford City Reds


Salford City Reds release statement after being given 28 days to clear debts

Salford City Reds have released a statement after the club was given 28 days to settle its debt with HMRC and two former players

Salford City Reds can confirm that the result of this morning’s court hearing was a further adjournment until Monday 4th February 2013.

This additional time has been granted following careful consideration of the current position regarding new investment into the business.

All concerned parties agreed that there was a real possibility that a positive conclusion could be reached and that this would be preferable to the execution of the lodged winding up petition against Salford Football Club 1914 Ltd.

– Salford City Reds statement
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Salford City Reds likely to be given extra time to pay debts

The short-term future of the Salford City Reds looks likely to be secured this afternoon as they seek a delay in paying its debts.

The Super League outfit are in court facing a winding up petition form HMRC over unpaid taxes and overdue wages to two former players.

The club are likely to be given an extra two weeks to come up with the money as they continue to seek investment.

We understand that a single investor, a consortium headed up by a foreign businessman, is in talks with club officials today after flying in to the country yesterday.

A decision on on the winding up petition is expected at around 1pm.

Looming winding-up petition forces Salford City Reds to call off game

Salford City Reds Credit: Press Association

Salford City Reds have called off their festive friendly against Leigh amid continuing uncertainty over the club's future.

The City Reds, who are due in court on January 7th to face a winding-up petition, say they are unable to raise a team for the friendly, which was due to take place at the Leigh Sports Village on December 30th.

Reds coach Phil Veivers, who has been able to make just one new signing so far for Super League XVIII, said: "It's unfortunate but we had to make the right call.

"We have a few too many knocks and niggles this week and, as everybody knows we are a bit light on personnel at the moment anyway with the current situation.

Salford's bank account remains frozen and recruitment hinges on new investment in the club taking place.

The club, who are faced with a tax bill in the region of £50,000, need to find around £600,000 in the next six weeks to pay off their debts.

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