The rumoured sale of Sportech's last remaining UK-facing operation, The Football Pools, could put in motion a series of events that will fundamentally change the nature of the London-listed gaming operator.

If the rumour proves to be true, it could signal the final step in the transformation of Sportech into a fully-fledged US-facing operator.

The Football Pools business has suffered from declining revenue and player numbers since - and prior to - its acquisition by Sportech, as the National Lottery and online gaming proved more attractive to players than the 90-year old Football Pools.

But with Pools EBITDA having stabilised at around £15m, a sale could provide Sportech with the cash it needs to complete its transformation into a US-facing operator.

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