According to Sky Sports, a group of Saudi Arabian investors are now the latest party interested in buying Newcastle United – however they state that ‘no contact’ has been made with Mike Ashley’s camp so far.
It was reported by Middle-Eastern journalist Mootaz Chehade earlier in the week that a Saudi Investment company were preparing a ‘huge’ bid to buy the club, but it’s not clear whether these two stories are linked.
Here’s a snippet from Sky’s piece, with them also claiming that Ashley is yet to receive an ‘acceptable’ or ‘serious’ offer for the club since he put it up for sale a year ago:
“A group of Saudi Arabian investors are the latest interested party, but no contact has been made with Ashley’s camp.”
So, we’ve had Staveley last year, Peter Kenyon a few weeks ago, a Saudi group were mentioned Monday, ‘seriously wealthy’ US investors emerged late last night and now we’re back to Saudi.
It doesn’t quite add up. Ashley claims that he wants a deal done privately, with him complaining that the Staveley deal was made too public, however we’ve had about three or four stories emerge over the past few weeks reporting interest.