Exclusive: Big Newcastle takeover update reported, ex-striker: 'It's not going to happen'

Darren Bent admits that he is growing fearful over the proposed Newcastle United takeover after the significant public backlash.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the intense scrutiny has “tainted” the potential deal at St James’ Park.

The Times report that MP Giles Watling has called on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee to hold an evidence session on Saudi Arabian-based piracy in light of the prospective takeover, which could further delay the deal.

It is stated that Conservative MP Karl McCartney, as well as the Liberal Democrats, will call on government to block the sale of Newcastle to PCP Capital Partners due to the backing of the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Bent believes that the high-profile scrutiny is making it difficult for the deal to get done and that everyone involved will be getting frustrated.

Bent told Football Insider: “I thought it was done and dusted but clearly it’s not. It must be frustrating for everyone concerned – the fans, Mike Ashley himself.

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“You’ve got to think, if the deal had been done behind closed doors, the deal probably would have been done.

“Because people have voiced concerns and we know what’s going on, it’s kind of tainted it a little bit and made it hard to get over the line. I don’t even know when this outcome’s going to come.

“The longer it goes on, you fear for Newcastle fans – here we go again, it’s not going to happen.”

Ashley has been at St James’ Park for 13 years, during which the club have suffered two relegations.

The Magpies currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, the same position they finished in last season.

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