Injuries to Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have had a serious impact on the takeover value of Newcastle United.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the club confirmed that the duo would be out until April after suffering respective knee and groin injuries.
That piled more misery on the St. James’ Park faithful who are still reeling from the news of top-scorer Callum Wison’s 6-8 week hamstring injury in February.
Newcastle are gasping for air in their fight for Premier League survival and find themselves hovering three points outside the relegation zone.
Mike Ashley has been keen to sell the club since 2009 but interest has escalated in recent years amid a failed Saudi-backed bid and several other exploratory inquiries.
Maguire explains that any investor will be reluctant to pay top-dollar for a club whose relegation prospects have been hurt amid injuries to star players.
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “The price that somebody is going to pay will be determined to a certain extent by where the club is going to be next season.
“If you have those three players injured, any interested party is going to be discouraged.
“If Mike Ashley says, ‘it’s £300m or nothing’, they are going to say ‘nothing’ because this is increasing the chances of relegation. Newcastle in the Championship are worth less money.
“There’s no guarantee they will bounce back straight away. They have done on the last two occasions but if they do spend two or three seasons in the Championship, why pay £300m when you can buy Derby County for £60m?
“These injuries and Newcastle’s poor form recently has got potential bidders feeling uncomfortable because they don’t exactly know what they’re buying into.”
Maguire has previously told Football Insider that relegation could wipe up to £100million off Ashley’s asking price.
The Magpies were last relegated in the 2015-16 campaign, bouncing back at the first attempt the following season.