Newcastle news round-up: Patrik Schick enquiry, huge takeover update

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Newcastle United will be back in action this weekend.

A clash with Sheffield United offers a chance to build on the buffer they have built up to the drop zone.

Indeed, they are eight points clear of 18th-placed AFC Bournemouth but their remaining games are fraught with danger.

Chris Wilder’s side are pushing for European qualification, and the Magpies still have to play the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham United, Watford, and AFC Bournemouth, all of whom are below Steve Bruce’s men.

They need a positive result this weekend, then, though one thing is certain; Mike Ashley will still be in charge at boardroom level.

GIVEMESPORT has taken a look at the best headlines surrounding the club!

Take a look below…

Patrik Schick enquiry

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Newcastle have been linked with a number of players as their takeover and Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, claims that they have now made an enquiry for Patrik Schick.

The Roma forward has spent the season on loan at RB Leipzig, scoring 10 Bundesliga goals in 20 appearances.

In total, he has scored eight goals in 58 outings for the Italian club and the report states that the Magpies have asked about his availability.

The striker would cost €26 million (£23.1m) and both Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also said to be interested.

Bruce’s contact

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Steve Bruce has yet to speak with the club’s prospective new owners, according to The Daily Mail.

Current owner Mike Ashley is said to have little contact with Bruce, and the former Manchester United defender is not allowed to talk with the Saudi-backed consortium.

They do not want to jeopardise the deal, understandably, but one has to assume that he will be anxious over their plans.

After all, there has been precious little movement regarding a possible takeover across the past week.

Takeover update

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The Guardian’s Sean Ingle has issued a major update about the possible Newcastle takeover.

Asked about the World Trade Organisation’s ruling that pirate television channel beoutQ is Saudi-owned, and how it impacted the takeover, Ingle wrote an interesting reply on Twitter.

He wrote: “Still hard to say. Premier League have met to discuss this several times and not reached a decision.

“WTO ruling establishes Saudi Arabia behind piracy, which clearly puts deal in doubt.

“But other factors also in play, and of course SA (Saudi Arabia) trying to claim PIF (Public Investment Fund, the group attempting to buy the Magpies) completely separate.”

This is a roadblock that Newcastle need to navigate.

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