Danny Mills has claimed the prospective Newcastle United owners have a big PR opportunity if they complete a takeover after the club remained coy on season ticket refunds.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the Amanda Staveley-led consortium would gain immediate favour if they took over and subsequently refunded season ticket holders.

The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust sent a letter to the club in late May asking if season ticket holders would be refunded for the games that are to be played behind closed doors.

However, the club are yet reveal their position despite the BBC requesting comment.

It is now eight weeks since the Premier League received the paperwork of Mikey Ashley’s  £300million sale of the club.

When asked by Football Insider if the radio silence regarding refunds was likely down to the prospective takeover, Mills said: “It is a difficult situation for everybody. It is not easy for some of these clubs.

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“Newcastle can afford it, especially if they get taken over by what would be some of the richest owners in the world.

“It would be a huge PR plus if the new owners take over and then give the season ticket holders their money back. That would get the new owners in favour instantly.

“Forget about buying players, fans would be delighted if they got their money back.

“Mike Ashley does not really care, let’s be honest. He is about to sell the club so he is not bothered.

“He will want to keep as much money as possible so that does not surprise us in any way, shape or form.”

In other Newcastle United news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider Steve Bruce will “think he has won the lottery” after The Athletic’s reveal.