By Gleb Stolyarov and Tatiana Voronova

By Gleb Stolyarov and Tatiana Voronova

 

MOSCOW (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> is in talks to buy a stake in GAZ <GAZA.MM>, a Russian manufacturer of light commercial vehicles (LCV), five sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

 

It was not immediately clear how big a stake is being discussed or the value of the deal.

 

GAZ is a part of the Basic Element group that holds the assets of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska. Both GAZ and Basic Element declined to comment, while a spokesman at VW headquarters said he does not comment on market speculation.

 

"There are talks, they are trying to reach an agreement. Deripaska has long been looking for a partner and VW does not have a Russian partner," one well-placed industry source said.

 

Another well-connected car industry source, two financial market sources and another person familiar with the matter also said talks were under way.

One of the sources said that a decision on the size of the proposed stake sale has yet to be made.

A source close to VW also confirmed that talks were in progress but said the possibility of the German group taking a stake in GAZ is not the only mater under consideration.

(Addional reporting by Katya Golubkova, Polina Devitt and Jack Stubbs in Moscow and Andreas Cremer in Berlin; Editing by David Goodman)