Rival off-licence chains and private equity groups are understood to be circling collapsed drinks retailer First Quench.

Private equity firm Gordon Brothers is understood to be interested in acquiring some or all of the Threshers owner.

Other interested parties include European Food Brokers, Oddbins, and value chain Bargain Booze.

Oddbins managing director Simon Baile told the Mail on Sunday: “If the right opportunity came along then of course we would have a look at making a bid.”

Administrator KPMG was appointed on Thursday to seek possible buyers for the 1,200-shop retailer, which also owns Wine Rack, The Local and Victoria Wine.