A takeover of Newcastle United may still happen as Mike Ashley has challenged Henry Mauriss to make an official bid, according to The Northern Echo.
As per the outlet, the chief executive of Sports Direct will challenge the American businessman to ‘put up or shut up’, meaning that he should put in a bid himself if he is serious about wanting to take over at the Tyneside club.
Ashley is also apparently keen to sell up at St. James’ Park before the start of the new 2020/21 season but, with that being just a few weeks away, Mauriss would have to act fast.
Whether this would be a realistic possibility is another question, given that the process with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabian (KSA) group had taken four months before they decided to pull the plug on their own £300m deal with Ashley.
They still have not heard back from the Owners and Directors Test (ODT) set out by the Premier League as to whether they would have been deemed fit and proper owners, and Mauriss would have to go through the same process if he were to have a bid accepted by Ashley.
Also, assuming that he had the funds available to agree a deal, the summer transfer window has already opened, and so Mauriss may miss a big chunk of time to potentially invest in new players, which may not make that much of a difference to the fortunes of the club for when the new term starts.
Is a Newcastle takeover still possible with Mauriss?
Nevertheless, Newcsstle fans could be looking at a takeover after all, but a lot would depend on timing and if Mauriss actually puts in a firm offer.
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