Prospective owners plot £90m landmark deal as Newcastle takeover nears

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You can only imagine how frustrated the Newcastle United fans are.

It's been more than three months since the prospect of a £300million deal to purchase the club was officially revealed.

Since then, supporters have been waiting with bated breath.

Amanda Staveley is the main figure in the Saudi-backed consortium who are hoping to purchase the club, but the acquisition has proved to be anything other than straight forward.

The Premier League are currently running the rule of the investors to see that they match the requirements of a club owner in the Premier League, but issues such as piracy and human rights violations are only the start of the uncertainty over their credibility.

Meanwhile supporters continue to be at the end of their tether with current owner Mike Ashley, and will do just about anything to get rid of the Sports Direct mogul.

Another key reason that fans want to see the back of Ashley is to get a new owner in who will spend big in the transfer market.

That's certainly something that Staveley will do, if reports are to be believed.

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According to Foot Mercato, the Magpies are plotting an audacious move for Kalidou Koulibaly.

The French centre-back has been widely linked with a move this summer after his impressive form for Napoli.

United and rivals Manchester City have both been credited with an interest, while Premier League champions Liverpool are also keen.

Given Napoli's asking price of £90million, it would be a real signal of intent to mark the start of a new era on Tyneside.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

You've got to feel sorry for the Newcastle United supporters.

The club is the heart and soul of the community on Tyneside and fans just want an answer - and rightly so.

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Mike Ashley is a universally unpopular figure in the North East and so it's no surprise that so many are keen to see the back of him.

However with plenty of controversy surrounding the potential investors, there's plenty to consider.

It's the right thing for the Premier League to do as they do a thorough examination of the key figures in the Saudi-based consortium, but surely a decision must be close.

If it's not, then I think it's key that the Premier League make their concerns public as transparency has to be key in this situation.

Otherwise I think supporters will continue to be hugely frustrated until a decision.

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