Friday, 14 December, 2018

Newcastle United owner wants club sold before January transfer window

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Rita Gibson | 06 December, 2018, 03:34

Mike Ashley has told Sky News he wants to sell Newcastle before the January transfer window and says a deal could happen.

"I'd like it to be before the January transfer window".

Walsall-born Sports Direct owner Ashley, 54, put Newcastle up for sale in October 2017.

The NUFC owner stating that talks with the potential buyer are way beyond any previous talks with anybody wanting to buy the club and that it is "possible" a deal could be done and dusted in December - but "realistic" for it to happen this month might be "too strong a word" to use.

Ashley, who bought Newcastle in 2007 for £135m, has set an asking price of £300m for the Magpies.

And having been reportedly close to selling up in the past, Ashley revealed in a Sky News interview earlier today that his exit could finally be on the cards, with talks of a potential sale already at an advanced stage.

Wolves should scout Loftus-Cheek if he plays tonight
When asked if his side are out of the title race, he said: "As I said before, Manchester City is in another category". Chelsea FC are looking to finish in the top four this season after the Blues ended up in fifth spot last term.

I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans for the club and for everyone I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in who will please everyone. "Hopefully we can carry on our recent good form and get the deal done".

Ashley's tenure at the Magpies has been fraught with controversy, and most fans have grown tired at his lack of investment in the club.

Benitez's side lost 3-0 at home to West Ham on Saturday, a result which ended a run of three successive victories, their first of the season after a hard start.

After taking just three points from their opening ten games, Benitez's side have improved recently, winning three successive games before West Ham eased past them at St James' Park.

The 53-year-old Londoner has proved a divisive figure during his tenure, which has seen Newcastle twice relegated from the Premier League and then immediately promoted back.

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