Liam Kennedy has made a claim on the proposed takeover of Newcastle United by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
The football journalist wrote in his latest piece for The Shields Gazette about how the Kingdom and Qatar ending their media ‘war’ could be significant in terms of having a profound impact on the prospective £300m deal between Mike Ashley and the KSA consortium.
Is the KSA takeover of Newcastle over?
Both countries reached an agreement to settle their disputes in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit and Kennedy wrote about how this could have an impact on the takeover bid.
The disputes included the closing of air/land borders, which have now been opened as a result of the settlement, and the journalist claimed in a reply to a fan of the Tyneside club on Twitter that any removal of barriers or dissenting voices ‘has to be seen as a positive thing’, which could surely give some supporters of the Magpies a sense of encouragement.
How much of an impact does this have on the Newcastle takeover?
The big question to ask is; how much of an impact this agreement between the two countries could have on getting the takeover back on track?
Although it does not directly impact the deal in itself, the settlement certainly softens the relationship between the Kingdom and Qatar, which may go a long way to helping Newcastle given how previously strained things were.
The Premier League seemingly had issues about Saudi piracy of broadcasts to the banning of beIN for its citizens, but with the ban now seemingly over, there is potentially one fewer stumbling blocks on the road to a Newcastle takeover by the KSA consortium.
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