Newcastle United supporters have been more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent days following the resurfacing of takeover news, although their side’s disappointing 4-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday still resonates with several of those supporters.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Red Devils having lost each of their previous two league matches, but took a surprise lead at Old Trafford thanks to Dwight Gayle’s first goal of the season. However, their delight was short-lived as goals from Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku secured a comprehensive victory for Jose Mourinho’s side, thus keeping them eight points behind leaders Manchester City, while at the same time inflicting a sixth league loss of the campaign on Benitez’s Newcastle.
Thus, there were many despondent Magpies fans in the Tavern over the weekend, although their mood has somewhat improved following reports that businesswoman Amanda Staveley has spearheaded a £300 million bid for the club.
Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners are the most high-profile bidders having been seen in attendance at some Magpies games so far this season, most notably back in October when she saw Benitez’s side draw 1-1 with Liverpool, another club they were reportedly interested in.
And while it is they who have made the first move with a £300 million bid for Newcastle, which is thought to fall below Ashley’s valuation, there are other buyers in the frame given that several reportedly have signed non-disclosure agreements with the club.
Thus, although Staveley appears to be the front-runner, it remains to be seen whether other parties step up their interest in the Magpies with a formal bid in the near future.
Landlord’s verdict: Talk of a possible takeover of Newcastle United went somewhat quiet for a time, but this week has seen speculation ramp up once again following a £300 million bid from Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners.
That particular bid has yet to be accepted by current owner Mike Ashley, yet what it could do is stimulate other possible buyers into firming up their interest in the club, what with many others having reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement with the North East giants.
Ultimately, Staveley appears to be in pole position to take over Newcastle, but news of her bid for the club may be convince others to follow suit and launch their own offers to test Ashley’s resolve.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!