Comments made by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanging indicate the firm is still pursuing a takeover deal for BlackBerry

Lenovo still eying up BlackBerry in potential deal

The Chinese PC maker has reaffirmed its interest in a potential takeover bid for BlackBerry as the firm looks to bolster its place in the western mobile market.

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo, admitted to French newspaper Les Echos that a deal for BlackBerry remained on the cards, emphasising that such a deal "could possibly make sense, but first I need to analyse the market and understand what exactly the importance of the company is."

Lenovo has long had an interest in buying BlackBerry, with CFO Wong Wai Ming hinting at a potential deal back in January, telling Bloomberg that the company was "looking at all opportunities."

Interestingly, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has done little to dismiss the rumours of a potential Lenovo buyout, simply stating: "As always with these topics, we will talk about things when they are ready to be talked about and ready to be announced."

"There are other constituents in the process that need to be involved – if there would be anything."

Heins’ comments certainly suggest that a deal has been addressed, if not already on the cards.

Talk of the deal has provided a boost for BlackBerry, as shares in the firm skyrocketed by 14 per cent immediately following the news.

The firm has celebrated a strong start in 2013, as shares have climbed 26 per cent overall in the year after a lacklustre period, which saw the firm trail behind the likes of Apple and Samsung in the mobile market.

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