By Russell Edge
Newcastle United could see a new owner in place by the end of the year if talks begin soon, according to a report.
Middle East news website Arab News report that international financier Amanda Staveley made the admission that she was interested in purchasing the club from current owner Mike Ashley.
She was pictured at the Magpies’ home clash with Liverpool on Sunday, with Sky Sports reporting that she was impressed with the atmosphere at St James’ Park, and that she met with officials from the club.
However it is said that Staveley insists that talks had not opened with the Sports Direct tycoon over a potential takeover attempt, although was positive that a deal could be reached by the new year if serious negotiations were to take place.
The report states that she is currently managing in the region of £28billion ($37billion) worth of business assets, dealing with investors from across the globe.
The 44-year-old has previous experience of dealing with Premier League takeovers, having been a key adviser to Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour during his purchase of Manchester City back in 2008.
However it is claimed that Staveley would be fronting the deal, as oppose to acting in an advisory role, and would be backed by other investors from the Middle East and Asia.
Current owner Ashley has been at the helm of the Tyneside club since his takeover in 2007, and has overseen a turbulent decade, with a fifth placed finish in the Premier League marred by two relegations and several decisions which have infuriated the Newcastle faithful.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have been linked with a move for a giant from one of Europe’s top sides.