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Lamb favourite for Bradford

Richard Lamb has emerged as the favourite to win the battle to purchase stricken Bradford Bulls after Mandy Koukash conceded defeat.

Koukash, wife of Salford owner Marwan, appeared likely to succeed after joining the competition late in the bidding and publically expressing her desire to join her husband in running a Super League club.

But she has revealed on social media that she expects her bid to be rejected by the administrators, who are set to submit their recommendation to the Rugby Football League for final approval on Wednesday.

"I am hearing my bid will not be the winning one," Koukash said on social media. "As I understand, the RFL has nothing to do with the decision. It is based on the highest bid to pay the old debt."

That leaves up to four others in the running - Lamb, who has already failed in one attempt to buy the club, representatives of the two local football clubs, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue, and debenture holder Marc Green, who is the club's biggest creditor.

It was Green's decision to call in a loan of around 250,000 he had made last September that forced the Bulls into administration for the second time in two years.

Lamb, whose company Lucid Events supplied the corporate hospitality at the 2013 World Cup, has also used a social network site to confirm that he is still in contention.

"Waiting for feedback from administrators and RFL re bid," Lamb said. "Hopefully find out by weekend."