Newcastle United supporters have been reasonably buoyant in the Transfer Tavern this week given their side’s recent good run of form, although there was some frustration among our resident Magpies fans given the North East giants twice lost the lead to draw at Southampton on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash at St Mary’s having won three of their opening seven Premier League matches, and looked set to make that four as goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez twice gave them the initiative on the South Coast. However, Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini bagged a brace, the second from the penalty spot after Florian Lejeune fouled Shane Long, to secure a 2-2 draw for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men, a result which keeps them two points adrift of the Magpies in the Premier League table.
And although there was some frustration among those Newcastle fans lining up at the bar, that has soon been forgotten in recent days as reports are circulating that the club may be subject to a takeover in the coming weeks and months.
Owner Mike Ashley announced on Monday that Newcastle was up for sale and since then several parties have been linked with a move for the North East outfit, although it appears that Amanda Staveley is the front-runner at this stage.
And she will reportedly give Benitez £150 million to spend in January to bolster the ranks at St James’ Park, and as such here are TWO huge stars that they have to land with the takeover money…