The British mogul says he's up for the challenge

By Maria Coder
Updated July 01, 2015 11:40 AM
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Move over, Donald Trump.

A surprising contender just threw his hat in the ring to replace the real estate tycoon on TV. Lord Alan Sugar, a prominent English businessman, says he “would like the challenge” of hosting the The Apprentice in the United States.

The Brit expressed his desire to take the reins on Twitter in response to suggestions that he would make a “perfect replacement.” Sugar already fronts the U.K. version of The Apprentice on BBC.

He might be in luck – a source tells PEOPLE that NBC has already reached out to Sugar, 68.

The news comes on the heels of NBC cutting all ties with Trump for inflammatory comments he made about Mexican immigrants during a June 16 speech announcing he’s running for president.

“The Donald” might not be too thrilled with the news. Lord Sugar and Trump reportedly had a spat on Twitter back in 2012.

Sugar isn’t exactly sweet himself. He’s been called everything from grumpy to abrasive, even a bully. Among his most memorable lashings on The Apprentice: “All I’ve heard from you so far is a lot of hot air, so in the interests of climate change you’re fired, If you nod your head any longer I’m going to put you on the back seat of my bloody car, and ” I’m sick of looking at you at the moment. Get out of the bloody door. Get back to the house.

Sugar hosting would make for an interesting season of The Apprentice, that’s for sure.