Kevin Phillips insists Mike Ashley’s first priority for any sale of Newcastle United is getting the right price for his asset. 

The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims he is fed up of hearing about any potential takeover and its on again off again nature.

Earlier this week (April 8), this site revealed via a financial source that Newcastle United are privately confident they will get the green light from the Premier League for the Saudi-backed takeover to be completed a year after it was rejected.

Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium are currently in arbitration with the Premier League in an effort to push through the stalled takeover.

Phillips insists fans of Newcastle are desperate to see a takeover go through but Ashley will not reduce his price to push through a sale.

“It’s got to the point where you don’t even want to talk about it,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“It’s been on it’s been off it’s been on it’s been off. A club being taken over, as a supporter you just want it to happen. 

“No more so than with Newcastle. Ashley has spent a lot of money at that football club but now they want him out. 

“But he’s a businessman and he won’t go unless he gets the right amount of money and let’s hope this time if it gets back on, it gets done and the club can start to move on.”

Ashley has owned Newcastle since July 2007 and he has overseen two relegations from the Premier League during his tenure.

He is largely disliked by Newcastle fans with his most recent offence being the decision to allow Rafael Benitez to walk away from the club in the summer of 2019.

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