A tea time takeover update has arrived from Keith Downie, who’s revealed what ‘sources close’ to Mike Ashley have just told Sky Sports News about his ongoing attempts to sell up to the Saudi-backed consortium.
As revealed below, Mike Ashley remains discussions with the potential Saudi buyers – despite them technically ‘withdrawing’ their bid – and is personally involving himself in the matter to resolve the situation.
Here’s what Downie told Sky Sports News a few moments ago, stating that the NUFC owner is still “100% committed” to getting this deal over the line:
“I’ve spoken to sources close to Mike Ashley in the last hour and what we’ve been told is he is continuing dialogue with the PiF and the consortium put together to buy Newcastle United all those months ago. He’s personally trying to resolve the situation and is 100% committed to doing so.
“That is Mike Ashley saying he hasn’t walked away from this deal unlike the PiF who have so far at this point. He’s still in talks with them and trying to get a deal over the line.
“As yet, no word – at all – from the Premier League.”
A positive step to hear Ashley himself is fully involved in finding a resolution – something the buyers also seem committed to doing based on the determined statements both Amanda Staveley and the Reubens have put out since the ‘failed takeover’ news emerged the week before last.
Let’s hope the Premier League agree to cooperate – which is a big IF based on what we’ve endured over the past four months!