WORCESTER Warriors is understood to be considering fresh takeover interest while talks continue with the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and Jed McCrory’s consortium.

An as-yet-unidentified group has entered race to buy Warriors at the 11th hour but it is thought Sixways Holdings Limited, the Jersey-based company that owns Warriors and is represented by Greg Allen on the club’s board, wants a swift sale.

Last month, The Rugby Paper reported the SRU had moved into pole position but your Worcester News understands negotiations have reached an advanced stage with McCrory’s group after more than six weeks of going back and forth.

However, the SRU remains keen on a deal in spite of the prospect of a battle with their counterparts at the RFU and other Premiership clubs as to whether the move would be sanctioned.

National newspaper reports have also questioned how an organisation which carried £5.2million worth of debt when its latest set of accounts were published would meet the £26.7million asking price for the club and 50 acres of land it sits on, let alone stem or cover Warriors' losses.

A profit of more than £13million was posted by WRFC Trading Limited, the company that operates Warriors, in its latest set of accounts up to June 2016 but that was due to more than £20million of shareholder loans being written off.

Notwithstanding that, the underlying loss was £6.6million on the back of £5.5million shipped in the previous financial year.

Whether or not any SRU bid involves the purchase of the club without the land remains unclear, although chairman Bill Bolsover moved to allay fears that a sale could lead to the relocation of Warriors in a statement released by the club in November.

“Selling the club to investors who might want to move it away from Worcester is not something that Sixways Holdings Limited would consider,” said Bolsover.

“Sixways Holdings Limited has invested significantly in the current facilities and will not risk the future stability of the club by allowing it to be moved to another part of the country."

Warriors managing director Gus Mackay and a media representative from the SRU indicated they and their respective organisations would not be prepared to comment. McCrory was unavailable for comment.