Newcastle United attract fresh interest amid takeover uncertainty

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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.

While a decision on this deal continues to stall, Henry Mauriss is still said to be waiting in the wings to make a move should a deal fall through.

However according to reports from The Athletic, it appears that there's now a third interested party who are plotting a bid of their own.

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Writing in The Athletic, George Caulkin said: "Competing agendas have filtered into the mainstream media and on to Twitter, where bot accounts promote misinformation.

"There have also been “rival” bidders, like Henry Mauriss, the CEO of US media company ClearTV, who continues to be talked up (and down) behind the scenes.

"In recent days, The Athletic has learned of a fresh broker, who claims to be acting on behalf of yet another potential purchaser, reaching out to prominent figures."

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.

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.

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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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