Newcastle takeover takes another huge twist

Bruce

Newcastle's takeover is a perplexing saga.

One moment it's on, the next it's off, and although things have gone rather quiet this week, it hasn't been a period without its fair share of twists.

Of course this would be the case - life is never simple in Tyneside, after all.

Earlier this week, it was news from Saudi Arabia that put things in doubt.

beIN Sports have been the pantomime villain in all of this, showing Premier League matches illegally in the Middle East, but they finally received their comeuppance. 

Saudi decided to ban the broadcaster entirely, handing a £2m fine to the cooperation in the process.

Though, this time it is news from American and Henry Mauriss that has put the PIF bid up in the air once again.

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The American entrepreneur supposedly lodged a rival bid of £350m a month ago but now it appears as though his interest in the club is materialising.

Bloomberg, who broke news of a potential takeover at Sunderland earlier in the year, had some news to share on the Magpies.

They claimed that Mauriss was now preparing a charm offensive to disrupt the Saudi's and try and swoop in to steal the club himself.

It's believed that the businessman is now pushing forward with his £350m bid and has even hired a PR firm in Britain to help with proceedings.

It looked as though Mauriss' interest had died down but if you believe these reports, he is still very much in the frame.

Bruce

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If this turns out to be true, it could be quite the turn up for the books.

When the American initially entered the bidding it was a big twist but nothing much ever came of his interest in the Magpies.

However, he is refusing to go away.

A charm offensive is certainly one way of mixing up proceedings and if he's received backing from the Middle East too, it could have PIF worrying if their deal isn't wrapped up soon.

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A few weeks ago Mauriss had to deny claims that Qatar Sports Investments, the group that own PSG, were involved in his bid to buy the club. However, for the time being, we've only got his word on that particular matter.

PIF are clearly still the favourites to buy Newcastle and that is only enhanced by the possibility of a TV deal between the Premier League and a Saudi broadcaster.

If that gets arranged, then surely it'll be Mohammed Bin Salman in the stands at St James' Park next summer, not Mauriss.

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