According to Alan Nixon, it’s now appearing as though none of the bidders have the money needed to complete a £300m takeover at Newcastle United – stating ‘talk is cheap’ as far as their interest is concerned.
Peter Kenyon has been described as the ‘clear front-runner’ to seal a deal in recent weeks, but these comments from Nixon tie in with reports over the weekend that the ex-Chelsea CEO had only managed to raise £200m so far – suggesting he was £100m short of Ashley’s alleged asking price.
If true, and there is in fact no party with the money needed to seal a takeover at £300m, then why on earth did Ashley come on Sky News and state a takeover was edging closer when he didn’t even know if the interested parties had the financial backing to make it happen?
Nixon may write for The Sun, however he was the man who broke news of our interest in Swansea’s Federico Fernandez before anyone else – also being one of the first to mention our interest in Atlanta’s Miguel Almiron; the Atlanta playmaker who appears to be top of Rafa’s January wanted list.
There’s several claims flying around – making it’s hard to know who to believe right now – and although many are insisting that this interest is very genuine, it’s probably wise to expect the worst until there is an official announcement that a deal has gone through.
One thing is for certain, however – If Mike Ashley doesn’t sell up this time then he’ll be facing a backlash like he’s never seen before.