Henry Mauriss offered chance to step up Newcastle takeover bid

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It's been a turbulent few months in the life of a Newcastle United fan.

After years of dismay at Mike Ashley's management of the club many thought that the time was here that they'd finally see the back of him.

That hope came in the shape of Amanda Staveley - a Yorkshire-based business woman who would act as the lead figure in a Saudi-led consortium who would try and buy the club.

After striking a deal with the Sports Direct mogul which was worth £300million, the agreement was passed to the Premier League for formal ratification.

That process, also known as the owners' and directors' test, is usually something of a formality, but after 17 weeks of waiting Staveley's consortium pulled the plug on their interest.

In a statement, they cited 'the prolonged process under the current circumstances coupled with global uncertainty' as the key reason behind their decision.

That setback has left supporters feeling outraged and upset, as the prospect of becoming the richest club in the Premier League appears to have passed.

But when one door shuts, another one opens.

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The name of Henry Mauriss has been floated as a potential option to buy the club, with the American mogul said to have offered £350million to buy the club.

That move seems to be ramping with reports suggesting that they're closing in on a major breakthrough.

The Northern Echo has claimed that Mike Ashley is willing to sell the club to Mauriss for the same terms as were agreed with PIF, providing that he receives proof of funds and a non-refundable deposit.

Should those steps be taken, then attention will turn to thrashing out a prompt deal before the start of the new Premier League season.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

The interest from Henry Mauriss certainly seems to be gathering pace.

Following the withdrawal of the interest from Amanda Staveley and the PIF, Newcastle United fans are naturally devastated with what's going on.

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With that deal being so heavily publicised, it's only natural that they're somewhat sceptical of Mauriss' interest, given the fact that fans know very little about him.

As far as Mike Ashley's concerned, he doesn't really mind who he sells the club to.

His number one priority is offloading the Magpies and getting the highest valuation possible.

If Mauriss is in a position to provide proof of funds and pay a deposit, that means that he's a credible buyer who has the backing to take on the club in this next chapter.

He may not be the man to make Newcastle United the richest club in the Premier League, but if getting rid of Mike Ashley is the top priority then it certainly seems a good option.

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