Dave Whelan has confirmed his acquisition of JJB Sport's fitness clubs.

Whelan, the founder of JJB Sports, has bought the fitness business today according to the Press Association.

Whelan is understood to have confirmed his acquisition at a press conference for the renaming of Wigan's JJB Stadium, which will be called the DW Stadium, reflecting the name of his new business DW Sports Fitness.

A JJB spokesman said: "As far as the company is concerned the deal is not confirmed until there is an RNS announcement."