PIF still being made to wait in Newcastle takeover

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Newcastle's prospective new owners PIF, are still waiting on word from the Premier League about whether they can buy the club from Mike Ashley.

That's the word of journalist George Caulkin who took to Twitter to respond to a fan's question.

It's hardly a surprise that, like the rest of us, the Saudi's are yet to hear anything from the Premier League themselves, but it's quite worrying that they're being kept in the dark for so long.

Caulkin's claims surely go against previous reports that a takeover is imminent. The Transfer Window Podcast's Ian McGarry suggested on Thursday that an announcement from the officials in the top-flight would come this week.

Meanwhile, it's also been claimed by a Guardian journalist that the takeover is only days away from being completed.

However, Caulkin's suggestions provide evidence that nothing is particularly close.

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Bad news after bad news.

That's been the summary of events surrounding Newcastle's takeover this week. The WTO's report on claims of piracy from the Saudi's failed to disclose any information about the Magpies, while Henry Mauriss' bid still isn't technically official.

His £350m assault of the north-east club needs an extra 5% deposit thrown on top for Ashley to strong consider his interest, which if he fails to do, will put plan B on the back burner too.

Given football is back, this sort of distraction is far from ideal for Steve Bruce's men, even if they have little chance of being relegated.

Claims that an announcement could be incoming seem premature if Caulkin's eight-word response is anything to go by. Like PIF, he hasn't been told nothing. 

It's a shame that everything seems so mysterious but hopefully we'll have answers from the Premier League very shortly. 

For the sake of everyone at Newcastle, it's better they hear sooner rather than later so they can begin preparing for next term efficiently.

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