By Russell Edge
Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has revealed that talk of a potential takeover has given those at the club a boost and that they hope a deal can be reached.
The Magpies announced that they were officially up for sale after releasing a statement from St James’ Holdings Limited, of which current owner Mike Ashley is the director.
The announcement has led to several reports about a potential takeover, with Reuters claiming that international financier Amanda Staveley was looking to make a £300million bid for the club.
It has also been reported by the Chronicle that the British businesswoman signed a non-disclosure agreement to progress discussions over the sale of the club prior to their announcement, and that her and her company, PCP Capital Partners, have entered a period of due diligence, which is expected to take up to a month and a half.
While manager Rafael Benitez has refused to be drawn into discussing the takeover when meeting with the press, Elliot, who is one of the longest serving players at the club, has revealed the excitement which the reports are generating behind the scenes.
He told the Northern Echo: “There’s obviously interest (from groups interested in buying the club) which is exciting for everyone.
“Hopefully someone comes in who can take the club forward, which will be great.
“As players we can’t do a lot about it, we just watch the telly and read the papers like everyone else, but we just hope everything works out for the club because we’ve been through a lot these past few years.
“There’s now a positive vibe around the place and we’ve got to make sure we continue with that.”
Elliot has been at the club since signing back in 2011, making him the second longest serving player on Tyneside after Paul Dummett, who is a graduate of the club’s youth system.
Ashley meanwhile is looking to end his decade-long reign on Tyneside, having bought the club back in 2007, after a tumultuous time in charge.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies have embarked on a European transfer mission after a £7million success.