Dial Contracts, which also includes Network Vehicles, is the fourth largest with 53,000 vehicles. Neither company would comment on the rumours - the Barclays Bank subsidiary is believed to have been 'for sale' for some time - but Vahid Daemi, chief operating officer of ABN AMRO Lease Holdings, said: 'It has never been a secret that the Lease Plan group has wanted to be the leader in all the major markets.' Dial Contracts' executive director Ian Goswell said: 'There are a lot of rumours. Three to six months ago people said we were being bought by Ford. We don't comment on rumours.'