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Yahoo's newest suitor for its Internet business: AT&T

The telecom giant has already placed a bid for Yahoo's core Internet business, according to a report.

AT&T may have already bid on some of Yahoo's assets.
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In the game of musical chairs to determine who will buy Yahoo, AT&T has made a surprise appearance.

The nation's second-largest wireless provider made a bid for Yahoo's core Internet business, according to Bloomberg.

A deal would give AT&T access to a wealth of online content, from its various sites such as Yahoo Finance, Sports and the still-popular Yahoo Mail, as well as talent like TV journalist Katie Couric. Those properties could be useful at a time when the telco is bulking up its content business in preparation for its own online video service.

For Yahoo, the selloff of its core business is just the latest stage in the slow demise of the former Internet stalwart.

AT&T's name comes as a surprise since much of the speculation had been around rival Verizon making an offer. AT&T was one of many early suitors, which included Google parent Alphabet, Comcast and IAC/InterActiveCorp, that had reportedly ruled out a bid.

Yahoo declined to comment. AT&T wasn't immediately available for comment.