George Caulkin delivers Newcastle United takeover delay

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Supporters continue to face an anxious wait as a decision over Newcastle United's takeover.

News broke over three months ago about a prospective £300million deal to buy the club, meaning that the fans have been on tenterhooks ever since.

Amanda Staveley is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed consortium who are said to be leading the charge for the club, with just one final test standing in their way.

The club are currently waiting on a verdict from the Premier League as to whether the £300million deal can go ahead.

There's been plenty of speculation as to why such a delay has occurred, with issues such as human rights violations and piracy both being investigated amid the interest from Saudi Arabia.

That has led to a lengthy delay from the Premier League as they investigate the latest goings on.

But while a decision is being made, it seems that the club are falling behind as plans are put in place for the summer transfer window.

George Caulkin of The Athletic was discussing the situation, and explained that the uncertainty over ownership has meant that certain targets haven't been able to be pursued.

Discussing transfer on Twitter, Caulkin said: "They can’t do anything, can they? They had targets months ago - some have already moved on.

"They’re not being active because they don’t own the club.

"They were fielding lots of agent calls & having conversations when the tests started.

"There’s a lot less of it now. Not because confidence has gone but because they can’t physically do anything until decision is made and some potential targets looking elsewhere."

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.

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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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