Darren Bent has blasted the Premier League for “dragging their feet” over the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover bid at Newcastle United.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the prospective buyers were “forced” to pull out after waiting four months for a decision.

In a joint statement relayed to the media on Thursday evening, the Saudi Arabian PIF, PCP Capital Partners and the RB Sports and Media consortium confirmed they had withdrawn their bid for the Magpies.

The prospective investors singled out the “unforeseeably prolonged process” to gain approval from the Premier League as a primary reason for their decision.

Bent believes the league officials were unwilling to make a decision and insists they have to take the blame for the deal falling through.

Bent told Football Insider: “What I don’t like about it is that I kind of felt that the Premier League didn’t want to make a decision.

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“I felt they dragged it, dragged it, dragged it out and in the end, obviously, it was those guys that pulled out, said it was taking too long and pulled out the deal. I would have like to see the Premier League make a decision.

“The last decision that should have been made was the guys pulling out of the deal, they should have been the last ones to make a decision. 

“The Premier League should have been like: ‘This is what we’re doing, bang, bang, bang, these are the criteria they need to meet and if they don’t this is what happens.’

“They’ve still not even made a decision and it is really disappointing. It’s massive, humungous and the Premier League have to take some of the blame here because they dragged their feet, didn’t make a decision and they’ve been forced into this.”

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