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Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

(Adds Fosum, Goldman Sachs, RWE, Uniper, Tegna; updates Osram, Pembina)

Aug 21 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2000 GMT on Wednesday:

** Austrian sensor maker AMS will go ahead with a takeover bid for Osram that values the German lighting group at 4.3 billion euros ($4.8 billion), it said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potential bidding war.

** Two groups, including one backed by China’s Fosun , have made competing offers to buy a 40% stake in London-listed NMC Health worth up to $1.9 billion, four sources familiar with the deal said.

** Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s buyout arm is exploring the sale of Safe-Guard Products International LLC, which could value the auto warranty company at more than $1 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said.

** RWE said it had acquired a 49% stake in Slovak power supply and distribution group VSEH from subsidiary Innogy , as part of a deal to break up Innogy’s assets with rival E.ON.

** Canada’s Pembina Pipeline Corp has agreed to buy Kinder Morgan Canada and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline for C$4.35 billion ($3.28 billion), bulking up its storage resources in Canada.

** U.S. TV station operator Tegna Inc confirmed it received buyout interest from Apollo Global Management but said the private equity firm had not specified a price.

** France’s competition authority said it had cleared the takeover of the Ligue 1 soccer club OGC Nice by INEOS , the energy group run by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

** Russian farming conglomerate Rusagro said it has bought a 22.5% stake in local competitor Agro-Belogorie, raising speculation this is a first step to taking a controlling stake to become the country’s largest pork producer.

** Goldman Sachs has applied for majority control of its Chinese joint venture, the bank confirmed, the latest international bank to do so ahead of Chinese plans to eventually allow foreigners full control.

** Fish farmer Grieg Seafood said it is considering whether to sell its operations in the waters off Britain’s Isle of Skye in order to better concentrate the company’s resources and operations.

** Brazil utilities company Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica SA said it has agreed to buy 100% of domestic energy transmission firm Rialma Transmissora de Energia 1 for 56.7 million reais ($13.99 million).

** Telecommunications equipment and software vendor Avaya Holdings Corp is considering an all-cash offer from private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC (CD&R) as an alternative to a potential merger with Mitel Networks Corp, people familiar with the matter said. (Compiled by Abhishek Manikandan and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru)