Thaksin Shinawatra is considering his hold on Manchester City, it is claimed.

The Guardian says City have exceeded expectations since Thaksin's takeover, but there is talk in deal-making circles that the former Thai prime minister is willing to listen to offers from anyone willing to take the club off his hands.

Sources close to the original deal are sceptical about the rumours, but others claim to have received discreet approaches about their interest in taking a stake at Eastlands.