Noel Whelan admits it is no surprise to hear that Premier League sides are looking to block the prospective Newcastle United takeover as new evidence is reportedly tabled.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that rivals do not want the “huge” deal to take place as it would make the Magpies a force to be reckoned with.
According to the Sun, over half of the other 19 top-flight sides are concerned about the prospective takeover and could rally together to urge the Premier League board to block the sale on commercial grounds.
It is stated that the Premier League have been provided with new legal documents over allegations of broadcast piracy against Saudi Arabia and the BeoutQ streaming platform.
However, Whelan insists he cannot see the league blocking the move despite the significant public scrutiny and opposition.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Other clubs will oppose it because they’ve got more money than them! That’s more money to spend and increase their chances of getting higher in the league.
“But look, it is what it is, it’s the world, it’s business, it’s football, it’s huge and if they do pass the test then there’s no reason why the takeover can’t be done. I still think it’s going to go ahead, despite what other clubs might have regarding the takeover.
“It will go ahead, one way or another, it will get done and Newcastle will then be that has a lot of money and an exciting prospect ahead of them.”
Newcastle’s prospective new owners would be fronted by British financier Amanda Staveley and backed by both the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund and British property tycoons the Reuben brothers.
If the takeover is successful, it will bring Mike Ashley’s controversial 13-year reign at St James’ Park to an end.
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