Barclays appoints Grant Thornton to advise on JJB’s future

Barclays, said to be
owed £60m by JJB
, has reportedly appointed
Grant Thornton
to advise it about the company’s future business plan.

Press Association
said speculation was mounting about the bank’s concern
over the company’s financial position amid reports of JJB continued attempt to
raise cash to pay off its large debts, including a £20m loan from failed
Icelandic bank Kaupthing.

The company is believed to have received an offer for its Qube and Original
Shoe Company lifestyle division from rival JD Sports Fashion.

It also reportedly in talks with founder David Whelan over a £100m bid for
its 54 health clubs.

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