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Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash's wife to bid for Bradford Bulls
Salford Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash has revealed his wife is fronting a bid to buy the Bulls.
The one-time Palestinian refugee and wealthy racehorse owner, who bought Salford just over a year ago, took to Twitter to announce that Mandy Koukash was seeking to take control of Bradford.
Dr Koukash tweeted: “I had to do mine and the kids' tea tonight as my wife is busy finalising her bid to buy Bradford.
“I hope nothing will stand in her way. The bid is almost compete. Good luck to her. If my wife cannot buy Bradford, she would invest in the club.”
All offers for the Bulls must be lodged with Leeds-based administrator David Wilson by close of play today.
Dr Koukash’s involvement in a bid for the Bulls began to surface during the past fortnight and he used Twitter to deny that one of his six brothers was interested in buying the club.
However, he has now admitted his wife Mandy wants to take control while reiterating his own commitment to Salford.
Dr Koukash, when speaking to the T&A last week, spoke of the potential to revive the fortunes of the Bulls.
He said: “The potential at Bradford is huge. There were nearly 6,000 people there for the last home game against London Broncos, despite all the difficulties.
“The club has been raped of its best assets, but people are still paying their hard-earned money and turning up through the turnstiles.
“At any club, it's easy to build a team. It's a lot more difficult to build a fanbase. But the fanbase is there at Bradford.
“It would be quite easy for Bradford to be playing in front of 15,000 people week in and week out if they had the team.”
Dr Koukash also said that Francis Cummins’ men were more than capable of surviving relegation despite their six-point deduction and loss of Garreth Carvell, Jarrod Sammut and Nick Scruton.
He added: “There are people saying that Bradford being relegated is a foregone conclusion because of the six points.
“But I totally disagree because they have already won two games and are more than capable of beating those clubs again.
“They need to get it (the ownership situation) resolved very quickly because the longer they leave it in the hands of the administrator then the more people will walk away from the club.
“You will always have vultures circling the club and trying to take players at a knockdown price.”
Rival bidders include representatives from Bradford Park Avenue, Bradford City, London-based businessman Richard Lamb and former owner Omar Khan.
Debenture holder Marc Green, of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group, has been a key figure in negotiations behind the scenes with the administrator, the RFL and prospective buyers.
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