Athletic goods chain Foot Locker said it has hired Evercore Partners to advise it on "a range of matters".

"It would be premature to speculate on the timing or outcome of the review," Foot Locker said, and added it would not comment further.

Takeover rumours began circulating the firm earlier this year, after it was reported that two private equity groups were considering making an offer.

Foot Locker operates about 4,000 stores in countries in North America, Europe and