MPs have called Mike Ashley to give evidence to the joint select committee on BHS

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It seems MPs just can't get enough of Mike Ashley; the retail tycoon is now being called to give evidence in front of the joint select committee which is looking into the sale of BHS.

The boss of Sports Direct responded to the committee saying he will provide written evidence.

Ashley admitted this week that he "100 per cent" wanted to buy BHS, and in committee hearings yesterday MPs heard that Sir Philip Green had intervened to stop the Sports Direct owner buying the business - an accusation that Green denies.

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Green's spokesperson said yesterday that he was unaware of Ashley's interest in BHS.

City A.M. understands that Ashley is set to make his appearance later on either 28 June or 29 June, and that several others are also being called to give evidence.

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Ashley appeared in front of the business, innovation and skills select committee just days ago to defend working conditions at Sports Direct and admitted that he did not have full control of his business, as well as openly discussing his interest in BHS.

Green is set to appear in front of MPs next week. In a dramatic set of hearings yesterday, Green was accused of ruining a deal that could have saved the business, an accusation he denied last night.

Anthony Gutman, the co-head of EMEA investment banking at Goldman Sachs has been recalled to give evidence to the joint select committee. At his first appearance, Gutman told MPs that Goldman Sachs had warned Arcadia bosses that Dominic Chappell was a bankrupt.

Also set to appear before MPs is Alexander Dellal, director of Allied Commercial Exporters, which gave Dominic Chappell the £35m he needed to convince Arcadia group he was a credible buyer.

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