According to The Chronicle, sources close to the club are treating the latest takeover claims from the US with ‘caution‘ and ‘scepticism‘ – stating that no serious approach or offer has been made by these investors as of yet.
A new takeover story emerged from the Daily Mail last night, claiming that some ‘seriously wealthy’ US investors were capable and willing to meet Mike Ashley’s £300m asking price.
The piece did however insist that a deal could collapse if the club still looked in serious danger of being relegated in a few months time.
As a result, The Chronicle have provided an update on the rumour, stating that club sources have responded sceptically – with Ashley also said to be keen to do any deal behind closed doors and NOT make it public:
‘The initial reaction from NUFC sources is that the club are treating these claims with caution and even scepticism because, as of yet, no serious approach – never mind offer – has been made for the Magpies.
‘It is understood that Ashley is keen for any takeover not to play out in public either, following the collapse of discussions with Amanda Staveley and PCP Capital Partners last year.’
I think any takeover rumour will be taken with a pinch of salt for now (after all, we’ve heard more rumours than we’ve got points since the season started), however the second line is probably key in all of this.
The Staveley interest was played out in public and it ended badly and you get the feeling any ‘interest’ that follows a similar path could pan out the same way.
These rumours and gossip sometimes only serve to give us false hope. I get the feeling that if a deal is going to be done, we’ll wake up one day and it’ll all be agreed without us knowing a thing.