Staveley delivers six-word response to whether her Newcastle takeover bid can be resurrected
British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has revealed that she hopes a deal to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley can be resurrected after reportedly seeing her bid collapse.
Sky Sports claimed earlier this week that the 44-year-old, who was fronting a takeover approach from PCP Capital Partners, had seen talks with the Sports Direct supremo come to a standstill, and that any deal was off the table.
However, Staveley insists that she is still very much interested in securing a move for the club, and that a bid from her side of negotiations remains for Ashley to consider, having offered a deal worth a potential £350million if all the terms and clauses were met.
She also revealed that her plans for Newcastle include £100million worth of investment in the training ground and academy system, as well as providing another £100million for manager Rafael Benitez to spend in the coming transfer windows.
When asked whether she was hopeful of a deal being completed between PCP and Ashley, her six word response to the Times was: “I don’t know. I hope so.
“Newcastle has a proper history and a real magic. That passion of the fans is vitally important.
“Rafa is doing an incredible job. We want Rafa to be part of this project.
“I’m very much still interested in buying Newcastle, and our bid remains on the table.”
The club have been up for sale since October, with Ashley looking to bring his tumultuous 10 years at the helm to an end.
During his time at St James’ Park, he has overseen two relegations, several managerial changes and an ongoing HMRC investigation into tax fraud, casting a shadow over achievements such as a fifth placed Premier League finish and an appearance in the Europa League quarter finals.
In other Newcastle United news, it has been confirmed that investors worth in the region of £14billion were helping back Staveley’s bid.
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