The Press Association also report that these discussions with the ‘other two parties’ have been under way for ‘several months’, suggesting the Saudi group led by Amanda Staveley have competition.
Here’s what Spellman – the PA’s North East reporter – shared on Twitter in the last few moments:
‘NUFC owner Mike Ashley’s representatives are in ongoing talks with TWO potential buyers other than the Saudi group, the PA news agency understands.
‘For clarity, discussions with the other two parties have also been under way for several months.’
It’s never straight forward, is it.
In addition, Spellman also said the following when asked if the Saudi group are ‘as close as everyone is making them out to be’ to a takeover, insisting that their interest is genuine but a deal is ‘not there yet’:
I feel like we’ve been here before, more than once – and that doesn’t feel like a good sign given how these proposed takeovers have tended to work out.
‘Mystery buyers’ show up and disrupt a deal that appears to be in the pipeline. For a man that doesn’t like ‘leaks’, it feels like he instigates a lot of them..