Date: 11th January 2018 at 7:16pm
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Newcastle United supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side start 2018 with two much-needed wins over Stoke City and Luton Town, the latter moving them into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Rafa Benitez’s men entered the New Year a point and two places above the Premier League’s relegation zone, but they put some distance between themselves and the bottom three with a crucial 1-0 success at Stoke on January 2. And the Magpies backed that up with a comfortable 3-1 victory over League Two leaders Luton last weekend, with a brace from Ayoze Perez and a Jonjo Shelvey strike sealing the win for the North East giants at St James’ Park, thus earning them a fourth round tie with either Norwich City or Premier League champions Chelsea.

Consequently, there have been many delighted Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent times, and there may be some more good news on the way if a recent report from The Times is anything to go by, which suggests that Amanda Staveley remains ‘confident’ of a takeover of the club.

Staveley was seen at St James’ Park back in October watching their 1-1 draw with Liverpool to provoke speculation regarding a possible move for the club, and just days later owner Mike Ashley confirmed that he had put the club up for sale.

Since then, Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners have been in the race to buy the North East giants, although things have gone quiet on the takeover front in recent times, to the point that manager Benitez was unaware of his budget for the January window less than a week ago.

However, recent reports suggest that Staveley ‘remains confident’ of an agreement next month, which is news sure to delight our resident Newcastle fans, who have become increasingly concerned by the perceived lack of progress on the takeover front in recent times.

Landlord’s verdict: Takeover talk on Tyneside has gone somewhat quiet in the last few weeks, with a deal to see Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners take ownership of Newcastle United yet to be completed.

And given that we are already 11 days into the transfer window, a window the Magpies surely have to get right to stay in the Premier League, there are many anxious Newcastle fans in the Tavern, although recent reports should put them at ease.

And that’s because Staveley reportedly ‘remains confident’ of a deal to buy the club off businessman Mike Ashley – the main concern for supporters though will be whether manager Rafa Benitez does indeed get the funds to strengthen in the next three weeks.

Only time will tell.

Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!