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Red Bull not trying to buy football club in England

Bradley Wright-Phillips of New York Red Bulls celebrates
Image: Bradley Wright-Phillips is a player for the New York Red Bulls

Energy drinks company Red Bull are not trying to buy an English football club, Sky Sports News HQ understands.

Reports emerged in a national newspaper this week that the Austrian company is interested in Sky Bet Championship clubs Leeds United and Brentford, and League One clubs Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town.

But Sky Sports News HQ has been told that Red Bull are happy with their current portfolio of clubs in Sao Paolo, New York, Salzburg and Leipzig, and are not looking for further expansion.

Red Bull first bought a football club in 2005, taking over SV Salzburg in their home nation and rebranding them Red Bull Salzburg.

The company then bought the New York MetroStars the following year and rebranded them the New York Red Bulls, eventually signing Thierry Henry in 2010.

In 2007, Red Bull took over German fifth division side SSV Markranstadt and renamed them Red Bull Leipzig, who were finally promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time last season.

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And later in 2007, Red Bull founded a new club in Brazilian football club - Red Bull Brasil - who are based in a suburb of Sao Paulo.

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