Soccer centre in merger talk

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FIVE-A-SIDE football business Goals Soccer Centres has confirmed that it is in preliminary discussions with rival Powerleague over a potential merger.

The company, which has a centre in Tangier Road, Copnor, said a tie-up was one of a number of ‘strategic opportunities’ being assessed by the board.

In a statement the firm said: ‘The board of Goals notes the recent press speculation concerning discussions with Powerleague and the possibility of combining the two businesses.

‘The preliminary discussions with Powerleague are but one of the strategic opportunities currently being assessed by the Goals board. Furthermore, at this stage, no commercial or financial terms have been agreed and no decision on any course of action has been made by the board. There is therefore no certainty that any transaction will proceed.’