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Lord Sugar ‘wants to take over from Trump’

Lord Alan Sugar reportedly wants to take sweet revenge over Donald Trump by taking his place on the US version of The Apprentice.

The American business magnate left the NBC show earlier this year ahead of his plans to run for Presidency. And it seems that Alan, who fronts the British edition, has wasted no time in contacting show bosses to let them know he’d take the reins across the Atlantic too.

“As soon as NBC cut all ties with Trump, Lord Sugar and [show creator] Mark Burnett started talking,” a source told British newspaper The Sun. “They obviously know each other really well from working on the British version and have a great relationship.”

It would be sweet revenge for Alan to take the seat of his 69-year-old rival. The two businessmen have been at loggerheads for years, with Donald accusing Alan of being “dopey” and riding on his coat tails.

“Without my show you’d be nothing,” he wrote on Twitter back in December 2012.

However the 68-year-old didn’t take his comments lying down, and fired back on the social media site that Donald had had a “charisma bypass”.

“The fact that Sugar has a pretty bad relationship with Trump would make landing his old job all the more sweet,” the source added to The Sun. “Lord Sugar is not that famous in the States but he has had some massive spats with Piers Morgan on Twitter, so people are aware of him. Americans love the British. Lord Sugar’s no-nonsense style and Cockney accent would go down an absolute storm.”

The UK edition is set to return in September with the US version airing in January.

While Alan’s representative has yet to officially comment on the rumours, the man himself did take to Twitter to say he “would like the challenge”.

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