Austrian drinks group Red Bull has confirmed that it is in talks to buy US soccer team New York MetroStars.

Red Bull, which last year bought Austrian side Wüstenrot Salzburg club and renamed it Red Bull Salzburg, is in negotiations with MetroStars owner the Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Reports in the US yesterday (7 March) claimed that Red Bull had a struck a US$30m deal to buy the MetroStars, a member of the US Major League Soccer.

However, a Red Bull spokesperson told just-drinks that talks were ongoing.

"We can only confirm talks are going on - no final decision has been made. As soon as one is made, we will make an announcement," she said.

Red Bull also sponsors a NASCAR team that will begin racing next year and last year bought Formula One outfit Minardi.

The Red Bull spokesperson added that the company would continue looking at ways to boost its sports sponsorship throughout 2006.