Kevin Phillips suspects Premier League clubs are expressing concern over the prospective Newcastle United takeover because they are “jealous”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international was confident said clubs will have no effect on the Premier League’s final decision on the long-awaited deal.
According to The Sun, 10 Premier League clubs are attempting to block the PCP Partners £300million takeover at St. James’ Park.
Concerns have reportedly been raised to the Premier League for commercial reasons concerning TV piracy and the Saudi Arabian government.
The prospective takeover would see Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund hold an 80 per cent stake of the club – this is where rival clubs’ concerns lie.
When asked by Football Insider if sides would be able to influence the governing body’s decision, Phillips said: “Of course the clubs can express their concerns but I do not understand how they can have an actual input or actually influence the Premier League’s decision.
“The powers that be are there to do all their due diligence and tests – they will do everything. No stone will be left unturned because we have seen it happen before when somebody has taken over a club and it has not turned out well. They will have learned from that.
“Clubs will express their concerns but it is for the governing body to decide.
“No doubt there will be a bit of jealousy in there. A case of sour grapes.”
The other 20 per cent would be split between the Amanda Staveley’s PCP Partners and brothers David and Simon Reuben.
Football Insider understands the prospective new owners are still confident of completing a deal.
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