Some promising noises have emerged on the takeover front from the Mirror on Saturday night, with claims that a deal between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley is back on – with PCP now ‘confident’ of securing a deal after ‘constructive talks’ in recent weeks.
The story is an exclusive from the Mirror, with John Richardson stating that a deal between Staveley and Ashley has now been resurrected.
Here’s a few snippets from the big piece in the Mirror last night, suggesting that PCP have already begun planning training ground developments after becoming ‘confident’ of a deal being done:
Amanda Staveley's takeover of #NUFC is back on, according to the Mirror. PCP are that confident of securing a deal that they have begun planning developments for the training ground. https://t.co/OkCiS86mYV
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) April 7, 2018
“Newcastle’s takeover by financier Amanda Staveley’s Middle-East backed PCP partners group is back on.
“Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal there have been constructive talks between Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s representatives and Staveley over the past few weeks.
“He believed there were too many clauses inserted in the PCP offer including one which would have seen Ashley miss out on a £100 million instalment if Newcastle were relegated.
“But now with Premier League security looking more and more likely PCP are ready to increase their offer and move closer to Ashley’s valuation of the club he bought 11 years ago.
“It’s understood that PCP’s confidence in securing a deal in the region of £300 million has led to them making plans to improve the club’s training ground.”
“Staveley’s group are committed to backing Benitez with a substantial transfer war chest if they wrest control of St. James’ Park and will immediately reward him with a new lengthy contract.”
Ashley called off talks with the Yorkshire businesswoman in January, suggesting talks were over and a ‘waste of time’, however it looks like our surge towards Premier League safety has done wonders for more than just our league position.
This would make a lot of sense and is another huge bonus of our recent rise to form. Staveley’s previous offers contained ‘unacceptable’ clauses based on the possibility of us being relegated – a fear that no longer exists, making her ability to lodge a relatively clause-free, acceptable offer all the more likely.
This is promising news, but also something that we could’ve expected to emerge just as our Premier League survival was all but secured. After all, that has always been the big question mark hanging over the club, stopping interested parties committing to buying us mid-season.
Now that’s out the way, let’s hope Staveley and co. step up with an offer Ashley’s willing to accept. The onus is on her as much as anyone now if she’s serious about buying NUFC..