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Tuesday, November 9, 1999 Published at 20:49 GMT

Sport: Rugby Union

Wasps reject Saracens bid

Wasps have rejected a buy-out bid by Allied Dunbar Premiership rivals Saracens.

The approach was reportedly made shortly before Sunday's clash between the two sides and the Wasps players were told of the offer before the kick-off.

Wasps chief executive Simon Crane tonight said the club were not for sale.

"The approach by a fellow Allied Dunbar Premiership One club to discuss potential acquisition of Wasps is a surprising move," Crane told the club's official website.

"We are not for sale."

Crane believed his club had overcome difficulties in the early years of professionalism, and were ready for a prosperous future as English clubs returned to European competition.

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