The Sun reports former Libertines bandmates Pete Doherty and Carl Barat are close to forming a new group together after being offered a joint recording deal. “Pete is now without a record deal and there have been loads of behind-the-scenes talks with lots of labels,” a source explained. “Some labels think he is a pariah figure who shouldn’t be touched because of his drug-taking and bad behavior. But others think he is a good signing because his fame can translate into record sales. B-Unique are determined to sign Pete and want Carl on board too. They met up with Carl at Reading to move things forward. It will all be confirmed in the coming weeks.” The full story at thesun.co.uk has since been removed.