Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley contacts Premier League amid stalled takeover

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is set to contact the Premier League for an update on where the club's takeover currently stands, according to Chronicle Live.

After accepting an offer of £300million to buy the club, matters have been passed on to the authorities to carry out the owner's and director's test to assess the suitability of the prospective buyers.

However that process has now reportedly taken twice as long as usual.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, but so far there’s been no news of a confirmed deal.

The Toon Army are just over a week away from returning to Premier League action and the hope was that the club would have made a breakthrough before returning to action.

However with no update on the horizon, Ashley is keen to get some clarity on the situation as he starts to look ahead to next season.

Matters of urgency include contract renewals for Matty Longstaff, Andy Carroll and Javier Manquillo, while decisions will also need to made on the future of Nabil Bentaleb and Danny Rose.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

While patience is obviously key during such uncertain times, you can hardly blame the Newcastle United fans for growing restless.

For many, a potential announcement of a full takeover is exactly what they’ve been wishing for several years while enduring a turbulent reign under Mike Ashley.

The Sports Direct owner has been a hugely unpopular figure on Tyneside, and that’s why talk of interest from the Saudi-based consortium is such a hot topic of conversation.

But Newcastle fans must still be cautious.

If anyone knows what it’s like to see their club owned by an unpopular figure, it’s Newcastle United fans.

That’s why they must remain patient – after all, the last thing they want is to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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