Some more good news has emerged on the takeover front this morning, with the Press Association now confirming that FOUR interested parties have ‘tabled offers’ to buy Newcastle United – backing up the claims made by Sky Sports this morning.
Whilst many see Sky as a trusted source, there has been some scepticism about their latest report given Ashley has often used them as his mouth-piece in recent times – however news of serious interest, advanced talks and ‘optimism’ over a deal from the Press Association all but confirms that today’s news is in fact true.
Press Association Sport understands that at least four interested parties, all of them based overseas, have tabled offers and that talks are continuing amid optimism that Ashley’s timescale could be realistic. [BT Sports] #nufc
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) December 5, 2018
A US-backed party led by Peter Kenyon has been described as the ‘front-runner’ by Sky, however a ‘non US Multi-billionaire’ and a Turkish consortium have been mentioned in recent days – whilst Arthur Blank’s alleged interest was denied just yesterday.
Given all four offers are believed to exceed Ashley’s £300m asking price, it seems a deal now has every chance of going through – provided a sale can be completed before the January window (with any news owner bound to want that chance to spend to secure our Premier League status over the second half of the season).
It’s not over until the fat lady (or the fat man in this case) sings, but it’s starting to look much more promising.