Noel Whelan believes the prospective Newcastle United takeover will be finalised soon after the Premier League confirmed a provisional restart date.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Middlesbrough striker suggests the governing body will turn their attentions to making a decision over PCP Capital Partners’ bid for the Magpies.

The Premier League confirmed on Thursday that a provisional return date of June 17 had been agreed subject to health and safety requirements.

As revealed by Football Insiderthe Saudi-backed Newcastle takeover bid is progressing but there is still plenty of paperwork to submit before the deal is completed.

Whelan believes that with the issue of a potential restart date out of the way, the Premier League will be able to focus on giving the prospective new owners at St James’ Park the green light.

He told Football Insider: “I don’t think there’s going to be anything that’s going to stop this, I really don’t – otherwise I don’t think Mike Ashley would have entertained it. 

“Everyone’s going to have done their homework, their due diligence on the takeover. They wouldn’t have put anything in place if they didn’t think it was safe or there were going to be stumbling blocks.

“I think it’s a matter of time really, the quicker the better. Now the Premier League’s going to get back underway, the takeover deal can get done and Newcastle can start looking forward to a very bright and exciting future under new owners.” 

Current owner Mike Ashley has been at the reins of Newcastle for 13 years, during which he has seen the club suffer two relegations.

The Magpies currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, while they also have an FA Cup clash with Manchester City to look forward to.

In other Newcastle United news, a Premier League star has been tipped to jump at the chance to join the Magpies this summer.