BT Sport Look To Poach Gary Lineker From MOTD

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BT hope to have ex-England legend present Champions League coverage.

BT Sport are hoping to make a major signing of their own by bringing Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker to front their Champions League coverage should the BBC lose their rights to Premier League highlights next season, according to the Daily Mail.

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BT are hopeful of bringing Lineker on board, though any deal is dependent on MOTD’s fate at the rights negotiations later this year.

The BBC currently hold Lineker to an exclusivity contract and he is tied to the Beeb until 2016.

Broadcast magazine recently claimed that the former Spurs striker was in ‘serious discussions with BT’, though the company dismissed the story as mere speculation.

Lineker also works for Arabic station Al Jazeera, with whom he presents their Champions League package, so he is seemingly well versed in European football.

BT Sport laid down a whopping £897m outlay in November 2013 to win rights to show the Champions League.

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