Yorkshire tech giant Sky Bet has declined to comment on speculation linking it with a multibillion tie up with rival firm PaddyPowerBetFair.
A report in the Sunday Times claimed that Sky Bet owner Stars Group had held talks with the PaddyPowerBetFair over a merger which would create an £8.4bn company.
The report said the talks last year but were understood to no longer be ongoing.
A Sky Bet spokesperson told The Yorkshire Post it would not comment on speculation.
Stars Group paid £3bn to buy Leeds-based Sky Bet last year.