Apollo World Administration is in talks to hitch forces with Fortress Funding group over the really helpful supply for Wm Morrison, Britain’s fourth-largest grocery store chain.

A trio of personal funding teams led by SoftBank-owned Fortress this month struck a £9.5bn deal to amass the grocery store chain. Apollo had stated it was additionally taking a look at Morrisons, sparking the potential of a bidding battle for the grocery store.

However on Tuesday Apollo stated it was not contemplating its personal supply however was as an alternative in talks to hitch the funding group led by Fortress.

The Fortress-led bid values the fairness of Morrisons at £6.3bn earlier than the inclusion of £3.2bn of web debt.

“Apollo notes Fortress’s intentions relating to the Morrisons enterprise and all its stakeholders,” the assertion stated. “Ought to these discussions result in any transaction, Apollo can be absolutely supportive of Fortress’s said intentions relating to Morrisons.”

Below the phrases of the deal revealed on July 4, Fortress, the Canadian pension fund CPPIB and a unit of Koch Industries can pay 252p a share together with backing a 2p particular dividend to purchase the grocery store.

The deal got here two weeks after the Bradford-based group stated it had rejected an unsolicited 230p-a-share method from the personal fairness group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.