I feel bad for the fans - Newcastle Exclusive: Darren Bent reacts amid big newspaper update

Darren Bent admits that he feels great sympathy for the Newcastle United fans as the prospective takeover rumbles on.

The former Sunderland and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he would have preferred there to be nothing put out there until the deal was done if he was a Newcastle fan.

The Daily Mail report that while PCP Capital Partners’ takeover is still likely to go through, the confirmation may be delayed until next week due to a hold up over the broadcast piracy allegations made against the Saudi Arabian backers.

With talk of Mike Ashley’s reign on Tyneside having rumbled on over the last couple of years, Bent admits he feels great sympathy for the Toon Army.

Bent told Football Insider: “I’d be getting nervous and I’d be getting a bit angry as well – I’d be like: ‘Why are you putting us through all this?’

“It’s been rumbling on for a little while now that it’s almost there, it’s almost there. We’ve heard it all before and it must be frustrating for Newcastle fans and as a Newcastle fan I’d be like: ‘Don’t put anything out until maybe even the takeover’s done.’ 

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“I’m sick and tired of it being close, we’re almost there, getting excited, we’re nearly announcing and then bang, something happens. For Newcastle fans, there’s probably a little bit of frustration there, what is going on at their club.

“For me, I’d have to say when I first heard about it, the way people were talking about it, I thought it was done and dusted.” 

The proposed takeover deal at St James’ Park has faced opposition from a number of corners, including broadcaster beIN Sports.

Current owner Ashley has been in charge of the Magpies since purchasing the club from Sir John Hall back in 2007.

In other Newcastle United news, Bent has tipped Newcastle to raid Bournemouth for three of their star players.