In the latest development in Vodafone's hostile bid for Mannesmann, the mobile phone company is calling on Tony Blair for assistance in a revised bid for the German telecomms company.
Vodafone's $64 billion bid for Mannesmann was rejected at the weekend and company chief executive, Chris Gent may increase the £65 billion bid on Friday.
According to reports, Gent has briefed the Prime Minister on recent events and may ask him to intervene using political pressure if Vodafone comes up against further problems.
Vodafone shareholders are reported to be in favour of the deal, but would prefer a friendly merger to a hostile takeover.
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