Darren Bent is convinced the impending takeover at Newcastle United would deliver a massive boost across the city – just like Man City’s did.
The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the prospective deal will lead to a stampede of top-class players moving to plush north-east suburb Darras Hall.
As revealed by Football Insider this week, the Premier League are set to green light the Saudi-led takeover bid after launching a probe into allegations of broadcast piracy involving the Saudi government.
The Middle East edition of Forbes now claim the £300million deal has been given the final seal of approval.
Having spent a year-and-a-half in the north east with Sunderland, Bent has delivered a first-hand verdict of what a takeover might mean for the region.
Discussing the wider impact the takeover could have, Bent told Football Insider: “First and foremost it starts on the pitch with the team.
“If this takeover does happen and they start investing in the club, the club starts going places and they start getting some of the best players around the world, you’re then going to start attracting a different type of crowd, a different type of person.
“The infrastructure at the club – they’ve already got a massive stadium, it’s a lovely place to live, it’s beautiful. They’ve got train stations, they’ve got an airport that can get you to London or wherever relatively quickly – a big investment like that will give the city a big, big boost.
“The city’s lovely as it is but you look at what Manchester City did when their guys came in, you look what they’ve done to the surrounding areas of the City of Manchester – it’s a completely different place, you wouldn’t recognise it! I think Newcastle, it doesn’t need that much of a makeover because it’s a lovely, lovely place.
“But it wouldn’t surprise me if we see, as the takeover goes on and there’s more and more players – Darras Hall is where a lot of them live, where the big houses are – all of a sudden you might see a few more Darras Halls popping up because you start opening your doors to a different clientele.”
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