Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that owner Mike Ashley confirmed a takeover from PCP Capital Partners and Amanda Staveley would not be happening weeks ago during talks over transfer targets for the January window.
The Magpies have seen the elongated saga regarding the potential sale of the club reach a head over the past couple of days, with Sky Sports reporting that the two parties have failed to reach an agreement and that talks have ended up collapsing.
Staveley herself has stated in an interview with the Times that she remains interested in securing a deal for the club and that an offer remains on the table if the Sports Direct supremo wants to accept it, with £200million worth of investment ready to be spent on the infrastructure as well as the transfer market.
However, with Ashley still in charge, Benitez has made the shocking revelation that he knew about PCP’s failed attempt weeks ago, and that the current owner is looking to back him this month with no takeover deal forthcoming.
He is quoted by the Chronicle’s live blog of his press conference (19/01, 13:37/38): “Mike Ashley told me the takeover (with PCP) would not go through, that was 2-3 weeks ago.
“But he told me we would work together to try & get players in the transfer window. We have targets & we are trying to progress.
“He has the names & targets & he told me he would try to do something.
“We are looking to bring in anyone who is good enough to improve us, permanent or loan. It was positive.”
Newcastle are yet to see any new faces through the door at St James’ Park this month, having secure the signatures of only six players over the summer window.
In other Newcastle United news, it has been confirmed that investors worth in the region of £14billion were helping back Staveley’s bid.
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