Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions

April 10 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers,

acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1000 GMT on Monday:

** Swift Transportation Co is merging with Knight

Transportation Inc in a share swap that would combine

two of the biggest U.S. trucking operators that are together

worth more than $5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

** Buyout groups Bain Capital and Cinven won the backing of

German generic drugmaker Stada's management with a

surprise improvement on its previous takeover proposal, valuing

the company at about 5.3 billion euros ($5.6 billion).

** Turkey's Vestel is in talks to buy the

television unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp, a Vestel

official said on Monday, a deal that could be worth a few

hundred million dollars and could expand the Turkish firm's

global presence.

** Anglo American will sell its Eskom-linked thermal

coal operations in South Africa for $166 million, it said on

Monday, marking an important step in the mining giant's

strategic overhaul to sharpen its focus on three commodities.

** China's HNA Holding Group Co. said it would

make an offer to acquire Singapore-listed logistics firm CWT Ltd

for $1 billion.

** A consortium of investors led by Indian private equity

fund True North has agreed to acquire Religare Enterprises Ltd's

health insurance business in the country, the groups

said in a joint statement on Sunday.

(Compiled by Komal Khettry in Bengaluru)