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Mike Ashley 'wants to sell NUFC before January transfer window'

06 December, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley eyes imminent sale of Newcastle United

Or is it just more of what we have come to expect year after year, the Newcastle United owner yet again pretending to try and sell the club, the whole thing just a farce to justify not backing Rafa in the January transfer window whilst at the same time once more winding the supporters up?

Mr Ashley told Sky's Ian King Live the talks were not yet at an "exclusive" stage but that they were "at a more progressed stage than they have ever been".

"I'd like it to be before the January transfer window", he said.

Ashley, who is also majority shareholder at sportswear retailer Sports Direct, said in October he had not received any acceptable offers for Newcastle a year after he officially put the club up for sale.

The following month it was hoped a deal could be agreed with businesswoman Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners group.

Asked whether that was a realistic proposition, he added that it was "possible", but that realistic was "maybe too strong a word".

The Newcastle boss said he is "hopeful" of stepping aside to find an owner "that will please everybody".

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Newcastle's recent run of three straight wins ended on Saturday with a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham.

And having been reportedly close to selling up in the past, Ashley revealed in a Sky News interview earlier today that his exit could finally be on the cards, with talks of a potential sale already at an advanced stage.

Ashley's tenure at the Magpies has been fraught with controversy, and most fans have grown tired at his lack of investment in the club.

"Hopefully we can carry on the good form...just recent good form...and we can get the deal done".

Ashley confirmed any potential buyer must be able to provide transfer funds.

"I am keen to sell it to the right buyer so everyone is happy".

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