A Newcastle United big earner is moving to Cheshire in a clear hint his future at the club is in major doubt, Football Insider can reveal.

The senior figure has bought a sizeable property in a leafy village near Knutsford, a popular area for footballers who play for the Manchester clubs especially.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the individual intends to make the Cheshire house his main home and has been putting the finishing touches to the move.

He is said to be one of the best paid men at the Premier League club.

For the remainder of this season, the figure is likely to commute to the Newcastle training ground if and when football resumes after the UK lockdown.

It remains to be seen whether he will be at St James’ Park next season, and comes amid a backdrop of takeover speculation that is likely to considerably change the picture at the club.

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Owner Mike Ashley is said to be ready to sell Newcastle if the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley produces the cash to do a deal.

Fresh reports surfaced this week claiming a deal has moved closer and that paperwork from both sides had been submitted to the Premier League.

Staveley’s proposed bid is said to include an 80 per cent stake for the Saudi PIF with the broker herself and the Reuben brothers – UK-based property developers – making up the additional 20 per cent.

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