According to Dubai-based presenter Peter Redding, the silence is ‘key’ regarding a potential takeover, with him now claiming that a deal is “not far away” after being in ‘open contact’ with the Bin Zayed Group.
Speaking to the Gazette, here’s what Redding has had to say about the Bin Zayed Group in a positive takeover update:
“As far as a deal currently – the silence is key. And that can definitely be seen as a positive.
“I have open contact with BZG and, speaking to them, I feel a deal to buy Newcastle United is not far away.“
This is promising to hear from Redding – a Sports journalist at Dubai-based station ‘Capital Radio’ – although it is worth noting that all the noises from the Middle-East have been positive so far, so this may not come as a huge surprise to hear the BZG are confident it’s happening.
That said, he’s also insisted that Sheikh Khaled is the ‘real deal’, with Redding claiming the Bin Zayed Group are looking replicate foreign ownership seen at the likes of of Man City and PSG in recent years:
“Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan is a well-respected business pioneer of the UAE, of that there is no doubt.
“Given his wealth you only have to look at the company’s trading and profits. Here in the UAE local business people do not speak of wealth it is known as Haram (not allowed). But it is definitely safe to say he is a serious player.
“I think BZG group are looking to replicate foreign ownership from the likes of Man City and PSG. While I don’t think that kind of wealth is an option I can see this being huge for Newcastle United.
“Knowing the culture of the UAE and being involved in sport, this is no smokescreen. This group are the real deal.”
Let’s pray something comes of this and that the recent silence does in fact prove to be golden, with us now being 3 weeks on from Bin Zayed’s latest takeover statement.
At a time where uncertainty has taken over and Benitez’s future looks bleak at best under the current regime, we desperately need some good news.