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Marwen Koukash at Chester Races confirms interest in buying Oldham Athletic

There's no stopping multi millionaire race horse owner Marwen Koukash. Watching several of his horses at Chester races today he confirmed on Racing UK that he is upping his efforts to buy Sky Bet League 1 Club, Oldham Athletic.

Palestine-born magnate Koukash, who took over as the newly-named Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club supremo earlier this year, revealed in June that he wanted to buy a mystery club in the North-West and “take it to the next level”.

Koukash confirmed earlier reports linking him with the Boundary Park club, who lost 3-2 at Rotherham on saturday and remain mid-table.

In June, current Athletic owner Simon Corney said he would welcome someone of the go-getting nature of Dr Koukash (54) ultimately taking over the reins at Boundary Park, and now, during a recent BBC Radio Manchester interview, the man himself briefly confirmed that the Sky Bet League One club is still very much at the forefront of his mind.

It would be good news for cash strapped Oldham if his efforts at Salford are a guide.

In a recent interview about the Reds, Koukash said: “My priority and my time has recently been taken up with building the (Salford rugby) team that we announced today, but now I will start trying to concentrate on acquiring the football club.”

Koukash announced eight more high-profile Salford signings for the 2014 Super League season last week, in addition to the name change to 'Red Devils'

Huge names such as Rangi Chase, Gareth Hock and Tony Puletea have now joined Koukash’s Salford revolution as he has repeatedly promised significant investment in the playing staff since taking over at the Salford City Stadium on January 31.

In contrast, Oldham have been forced to sell their best players to keep afloat, with former Everton starlet Jose Baxter sold at the end of August to rivals Sheffield United for £350,000 only a year after joining Oldham on a free.

JB

 

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