Newcastle United takeover hint dropped by Mark Douglas

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It's been a surprisingly good summer for Newcastle United.

Last season finished with supporters holding real hopes that they would finally be able to see the back of Mike Ashley as the club's owner.

A £300million deal by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben brothers and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) was expected to go through, but fell through in dramatic fashion.

With the Premier League carrying out a prolonged owners' and directors' test, it transpired that the deal would not be finalised and the takeover fell through.

Fans were left to lick their wounds for a short while, before the club were tasked with recruiting for the season ahead in the transfer market.

Deals for Jeff Hendrick, Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis were completed, and that's seen the club get off to a decent start to life back in the Premier League.

Newcastle sit ninth in the table going into the first international break, but with the league season up and running it's only natural that some supporters have turned their attention back to a takeover.

One man who has been covering the whole saga closely is Mark Douglas of Chronicle Live who hinted Saudi Arabian consortium would still be the expected party to make a move - something that could have political benefits to both countries.

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Speaking on The Everything is Black and White podcast, Douglas said: "Politically, there’s a will, I think, to get this deal done.

"The Conservative Party are keen to get this investment done.

“The immediacy of it has gone, but I’d be really surprised if we don’t hear anything about it ever again.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

It was only a matter of time before the topic of the Newcastle United takeover hit the headlines again.

While this isn't a major update, it certainly is a big hint that's been dropped by Mark Douglas of Chronicle Live.

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None of us know when talks will be back up and running, but from what reports have claimed it seemed that it's a case of 'when' rather than 'if'.

Newcastle supporters were so excited at the prospect of becoming one of the richest clubs in world football, as were the buying party themselves.

It's exactly that which gives the impression that this story isn't over.

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