By Russell Edge

13th Dec, 2017 | 6:00pm

Report reveals promising key relationships ahead of prospective Newcastle takeover

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and potential new investor Amanda Staveley share a number of mutual connections which could help the club in the future, according to a report.

The Chronicle claim on their website that both the Spanish boss and the British businesswoman have the same friends, which is said to indicate a promising relationship between the two if she does succeed in her prospective takeover of the Magpies.

It has been widely reported that Staveley is close to agreeing a deal in the region of £300million with current owner Mike Ashly to put an end to his decade at the helm of the north east giants, having officially put the club up for sale earlier this season.

Now with Staveley and Benitez sharing connections, the Chronicle’s report states that the chance of the manager remaining on Tyneside long term have significantly increased, with his sour relationship with Ashley having cast doubts over whether he would be willing to commit beyond his current contract.

The north east newspaper also claim that the Premier League are not yet conducting their fit and proper persons test on Staveley and her company, PCP Capital Partners, as there has not been an official agreement.

Such a process is said to take up to 30 days, leaving it up in the air whether a deal will be completed prior to the end of the January transfer window, although the Chronicle’s own Lee Ryder has stated that there will be a meeting held on Thursday over the plans for the upcoming market.

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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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