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Sam Tomkins insists Salford City Reds' bid to sign him was genuine

Last Updated: 11/06/13 9:37am

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Sam Tomkins: Salford bid was real

Sam Tomkins: Salford bid was real

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Wigan superstar Sam Tomkins insists the much-publicised bid from Salford to sign him was genuine.

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash revealed that he had made an offer to buy Tomkins and it was dismissed by some a publicity stunt.

Koukash only recently bought the club and he is desperate to raise the profile of the club and strengthen the squad.

Tomkins wrote in the Mail: "I was as shocked as anyone to hear about Salford Reds making an offer for me.

"Some people were saying it was a publicity stunt but I can tell you it was a genuine offer. I was flattered by the offer from Dr Marwan Koukash, Salford's owner, but rest assured Wigan fans I won't be joining them.

"I do believe we need people like Dr Koukash in the game. He's an ambitious man with big plans and those plans created headlines - and that's what our sport needs.

"However, he does need to build a strong squad of players before he starts splashing out on individuals."

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