October 23, 2013 / 4:32 PM / 4 years ago

Goldman Sachs to sell 16 million shares in Sports Direct International

A trader works at the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 16, 2012.Brendan McDermid

LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs International said on Wednesday it would sell up to 16 million shares in Sports Direct International (SPD.L) acquired from the retailer's founder and deputy chairman Mike Ashley.

The bank said it would sell the shares to institutional investors, with bookbuilding starting immediately.

Ashley is the largest shareholder in Sports Direct, owning 385.4 million shares or 64.4 percent of the capitalization, according to Thomson Reuters data which cites a July filing.

Reporting by Paul Sandle, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith

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