Darren Bent believes that the prospective Newcastle United takeover has caused the issue of ticket refunds to be “swallowed up” behind the scenes.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that senior figures are “throwing absolutely everything at” getting the Saudi-backed bid over the line.

The Chronicle report that there is nothing being planned by the club regarding ticket refunds for fans with the rest of the season set to be played behind closed doors.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

The Magpies have come under heavy fire for their inaction from fans and the media, with many other clubs issuing updates and offering refunds to supporters.

However, Bent believes that the prospective takeover has taken full priority at St James’ Park and suggests everything else, including the ticket situation, has been pushed to the backburner.

Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t think it’s a lack of leadership, I just think at the minute the club’s in such an awkward position with the takeover, no one knows what’s going on.

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“I just think at the minute, I don’t think they’re doing it on purpose and thinking they don’t really want to give the money back, I just think right now they’re trying to get this takeover over the line, they’re throwing absolutely everything at it to get it over the line.

“Unfortunately, maybe the whole season ticket issue is getting swallowed up in that because they just don’t quite know.” 

Newcastle’s average attendance in the Premier League this season has been 48,248 across 14 home games, the club’s lowest average since the 2010/11 campaign.

They have not sold out a league game at St James’ Park, which has a capacity of 52,338, since the 2017/18 season, despite averaging over 51,000 supporters for the last two campaigns.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has tipped a Champions League winner to finish his career at St James’ Park.