WSJ: First Data Corp. near deal to buy Concord EFS

Robin Sidel reports in this morning’s Wall St. Journal that First Data Corp. is close to a deal to acquire Concord EFS.

Boards of both companies are expected to meet Tuesday to consider a transaction, although it isn’t clear that they will vote on a deal. Indeed, the two companies have been in on-again, off-again talks for some time, and a deal could still fall apart or be delayed, these people said. Discussions lost steam several weeks ago, but have intensified in recent days, they said.

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