Newcastle United takeover still of interest to Henry Mauriss, says Luke Edwards

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Newcastle United's failed takeover has left a bitter taste in the mouths of supporters.

Last season ended with the Magpies on the cusp of becoming one of the richest clubs in world football, but unfortunately a deal fell through.

The Premier League refused to sanction the £300million deal that would have seen Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed takeover go through.

But while this deal looks unlikely to happen, it seems that another buyer is still sniffing around.

Henry Mauriss is a name that has been linked with a takeover since the last deal fell through, however nothing concrete has come to fruition.

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph has been following the takeover closely, and has revealed that Mauriss is genuinely interested.

Speaking on the NUFC Late Show by Gallowgate Shots, Edwards said: "Believe it or not, I actually got a call from someone [on Friday] saying, “they’re still talking.”

“They might still be talking – but they’ve been talking for weeks, months.

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“I’ve lost interest, to be honest.

“He’s still there, but if the money is there, it’s a really easy deal to do – so we keep being told by the [Mike] Ashley side.

“If the money’s there, it would have been done by now, so I am not worried about Henry Mauriss.

“I don’t want to reveal too much, but I’ve had contact with this mythical figure, Henry Mauriss; I’ve seen text messages that have been sent, I’ve seen emails that have been sent.

“I was told it was a credible bid by people I trust, so that’s the only reason I reported it, but for me, if it was going to be done, it would have been done by now.”

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

I feel so sorry for Newcastle United supporters.

After months and months on the emotional rollercoaster that was the takeover saga, it was such a shame to see the deal fall through.

As a result fans on Tyneside are deflated and despondent.

It appears that Mike Ashley is still determined to sell the club but now is far from the ideal time to complete such a deal.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on the global economy and that means that even if someone did cough up for the club, it would likely be a fee that is way below what the club is actually worth.

Whether a takeover gets completed or not remains to be seen, but supporters will be desperate to see their club start a new chapter under a new owner.

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