Koukash insists Bulls bid is ‘genuine’

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has claimed that his wife’s bid to purchase the Bradford Bulls is genuine, and refuted claims there could be a conflict of interest between the clubs should she be successful.

The owner of the Red Devils took to Twitter late on Wednesday night to inform his followers that his wife was putting together a bid to take control of the financially-stricken club.

“It’s absolutely very genuine,” said the former Palestinian refugee. “We are almost there with the proposal. The bid is going to be submitted today.

“We’re as confident as we could be at this stage. I am being told our bid is very good. There is substance behind it.”

Bradford are currently bottom of Super League after having six points deducted for going into administration and, although Koukash suggested there could be a legal battle to reinstate the points, he says funds would be made available to coach Francis Cummins to enable him to strengthen the squad in their fight to avoid relegation.

“There would be funds to make sure the club survives this year,” he said. “It’s going to be a big fight for them, having been deducted the six points. The main objective this year would be to avoid going down.

“She [Mandy] will also need to look at the legal aspects of the legality of having the six points deducted. There could be some interesting times ahead.”