By Russell Edge

13th Dec, 2017 | 5:26pm

Report: Ashley and Staveley make surprise agreement to hand Newcastle major transfer boost

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will be handed a major boost in the January transfer window after owner Mike Ashley and prospective investor Amanda Staveley agreed a deal to ensure he receives £30million worth of backing, according to a report.

The Guardian claim on their website that the two businesspeople have come to an arrangement that will see current owner Ashley give Benitez the backing he is looking for, which will be reimbursed by Staveley and her company PCP Capital Partners once the takeover is officially completed.

This will come as a surprise move to many considering Ashley’s reluctance at parting with his money in the transfer window in recent years, but Staveley’s assurance that he will see his money returned sees him have an incentive to splash the cash.

The Guardian’s report comes after claims that Staveley and Ashley are closing in on securing a £300million deal for the takeover of the club, which would end the Sports Direct supremo’s decade-long tenure on Tyneside.

It is also said that there are imminent talks to be held by Newcastle over the club’s plans for the upcoming transfer window in January, which may well see Benitez informed of the reported £30million kitty which will be at his disposal.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, it is reported that a bid has been placed for one of the club’s top attacking targets.

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