Royal Bank of Scotland is to announce a restructuring this week to create a non-core division into which unwanted assets will be placed, a banking industry source said on Sunday.
The Sunday Telegraph also said the bank would establish a new division that would sit within RBS but which will be ring-fenced from the rest of the group. RBS declined to comment.
The Financial Times newspaper reported on Saturday that RBS would also unveil up to 20,000 job losses as it reports results on February 26.
Sources told Reuters on Friday that RBS had hired Morgan Stanley to explore the potential sale of its Asian banking units as it looks to raise cash following its ill-fated purchase of ABN Amro.
The sources said the part-nationalized bank was likely to first explore options for its retail and commercial units but it would be willing to consider an offer for the investment banking operations if the price was right.
In a separate report, the Sunday Times said a similar core and non-core deal was planned for Northern Rock, under a government initiative aimed at kick starting lending into the economy.
The government is expected to inject between 5 billion pounds ($7.2 billion) and 10 billion pounds of new funding into Northern Rock as part of the deal, the paper said.
No one at the Treasury was immediately available to comment.
(Reporting by Kate Holton and Steve Slater; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)