During a recent Q&A just a week ago, he claimed that friends of Mike Ashley were saying that he WOULD now accept an offer in the region of £300m – but only if there were no clauses attached to it.
Here’s exactly what Douglas had to say on the matter back on September 12th, with this all being particularly relevant after big claims today from The Gazette and The Chronicle that Ashley is now ready to drop his asking price:
“I know of interest: I can tell you there are at least two interested parties I’ve been told about (one would be PCP Capital, who retain interest but not at the prices being quoted). But whether it ever amounts to anything more than that is the £400million question.
“Or should that be £300million, because two weeks ago I was told friends of Mike Ashley were saying he would accept an offer in that region if there were no clauses attached to it. The same person said he was fed up with football – although I’ve heard that before.”
As we know, Amanda Staveley is believed to have made THREE offers late last year, however her only offer that included no clauses was a £250m bid (as confirmed by George Caulkin following his interview with her earlier this year).
Ashley may have reduced his asking price to ‘around £300m’, but will someone pay that if a deal must included no clauses?
With us in the relegation zone and a potential HMRC fine hanging in the balance, will someone pay up..