An exclusive on Tuesday morning reports that Murat Ulker wants to but Newcastle United.

The Turkish businessman is said to be the country’s richest and the Evening Standard have quoted Tom McLoughlin who they report is working on behalf of Murat Ulker.

McLoughlin says: ‘The Ülker family have substantial assets and significant investments already in the UK. We understand football and our initial specific target would be to make Newcastle a solid top six club and a permanent feature in Europe with a popular local and worldwide following.”

The newspaper indicate that Murat Ulker is one of the previously reported, but not named, potential buyers of Newcastle United, said to be having talks after signing non-disclosure agreements.

If the London based newspaper’s reports have any substance, we could all be celebrating with Penguins and Jaffa Cakes, just two of the household brands that Murat Ulker owns.

As always, we live in hope.

Evening Standard exclusive:

Turkey’s richest man, billionaire biscuits king Murat Ülker, has emerged as a front-runner to buy Newcastle United from owner Mike Ashley, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Ülker is the chairman of Yildiz Holdings, the Turkish-based European food empire which boasts 56,000 staff and owns a host of household brands including McVitie’s, Penguins and Jaffa Cakes. Sources say he is ready to pay around £220 million.

Sports Direct founder Ashley, who has owned Newcastle for a decade, formally put the club up for sale yesterday with hopes of a sale by Christmas. But Ülker and other possible buyers have been tracking the club for months.

Ülker, who is worth some $3.7 billion (£2.8 billion) according to Forbes, will become the first Turkish owner of a top-flight football club if successful.

He faces opposition from financier Amanda Staveley, who was recently pictured at Newcastle and whose PCP Capital Partners controls billions in Middle East wealth. Chinese investors are also reported to have shown interest.

Tom McLoughlin, the Ülker family’s representative in London who has brokered a number of deals involving football clubs, said: “The Ülker family have substantial assets and significant investments already in the UK.

“We understand football and our initial specific target would be to make Newcastle a solid top six club and a permanent feature in Europe with a popular local and worldwide following.”

The Turk is ready to back coach Rafa Benitez with up to £60 million to invest in new players.

Ülker’s team of advisers include accountants PwC and international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys.

His representatives have been talking to Ashley’s advisers since early this year although hurdles included HMRC’s tax raids on Newcastle United and West Ham in April, involving nearly 200 officers in England and France. These prompted another round of haggling over the price. Ashley also briefly considered selling a significant minority stake in the club, which Ülker refused.

***Tuesday afternoon has seen the Press Association report that Yildiz Holding, Murat Ulker’s controlling business, have said they/he are not planning to buy Newcastle.



  • David Miller

    He is going to want a fair bit more than 220m

    • HarryHype59

      He may want it but! Will he get it?

  • Christopher Edwards

    Worth the same as Ashley and with backing of UP TO £60 million is not going to make us a “solid top six club”.

    • Clarko

      That’s Championship money to Ashley.

      • Danimal

        Well Ashley certainly knows how to get there.

        • Clarko

          By spending ~£80m?

          • Danimal

            By undermining his managers, choosing bad managers, refusing to invest when in a position of strength (after finishing 5th), going two years without buying a player then panic buying in January (2013 & 2015), running down the commercial income of the club so we can’t compete on wages with previously smaller clubs, imposing a ludicrous transfer “strategy” based only on age and perceived future resale value. Those kind of things.

          • Clarko

            – Ashley didn’t undermine McClaren.

            – Ashley didn’t appoint McClaren.

            – If Ashley doesn’t buy he is “refusing to invest” but when he buys he is “panic buying”, pathetic.

            – As of 2015 our commercial revenue is on par with the likes of Everton (£26m), West Ham (£22m), Aston Villa (£28m), it’s at an acceptable value for where we find ourselves as a club (in 2015). Your comment about the club/Ashley “running down the commercial income of the club so we can’t compete on wages with previously smaller clubs”, is fundamentally wrong and just stupid.

            – A “ludicrous transfer ‘strategy’ based only on age and perceived future resale value”, so you’re suggesting that Ashley/Carr/Manager just decided to ignore ability when signing players? Signing the likes of Cabaye, Ba, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Janmaat, Debuchy, Townsend, Lascelles, Perez and Shelvey was “ludicrous” right? The comment just demonstrates your bias against Ashley.

            – You are on my “waste of time” list due to your ignorance and stupidity so this will likely be my last response. Have fun mindlessly hating Newcastle 👍🏾

          • Danimal

            I know you said that was your last response but can I just check, am I also off your Christmas card list?

          • Dillon Tovak

            Idiot.

          • Clarko

            Can you read? Try reading 👍🏾

          • Wor Lass

            Tell him he`s a Flatearther – that one REALLY hurts.

          • Clarko

            Clearly, look at yourself for example, ever since I put you right you can’t help but post about me on every other article.

          • Wor Lass

            That`s because, like Moussa, you`re the gift that just keeps on giving. Keep on keeping on, Clarko, you`re priceless!

          • Clarko

            Of course, whatever helps you sleep Stan, keep posting about me.

          • Wor Lass

            “every other article”, eh? I think someone is exaggerating outrageously here. “Someone” urgently needs to perform some statistical analysis. Tut, tut!

          • Clarko

            But Stan, why are you so mad? Try to understand that I do want you as a fan.

            “We`d better run that past Clarko first, though.”
            “I`ve heard that Clarko persuaded Monarch to go into receivership rather than bring them back from their jollies in Spain!”
            “I have it on good authority (private message from Clarko) that the lads are devastated to hear this, Peter.”
            “Unless Clarko comes on to enlighten us as to why Leazes is wrong then he`s explained it all.”
            “I see Clarko is communicating with you using ESP!”
            “Yeah – Clarko isn`t exactly fitting compensation for two leg ends of the cyberworld.”
            “except anyone who disagrees with Clarko the Great, that is.”
            “Clarko will be proud of me because that is a non-judgmental fact.”
            “(some claim it`s THE longest but I`ll leave that sort of stuff to Clarko)”
            “I don`t think I`ll quite believe we did that until Clarko comes on to confirm it!”
            ” I detest ashley as much as the next man (except Clarko and Bobbi, of course)”
            ” Clarko`ll be on in a minute to put us straight.”
            “Let`s take the Clarko analogy a bit further.”
            “At risk of starting to sound like Clarko, I didn`t actually refer to the reporter.”
            “(I`ll leave that sort of thing to Clarko)”
            “I bet Clarko`s got one fitted internally”
            “I`ll have to get on to the mag and consult the Great Clarko.”

            Since August 27th, WOW. Honestly, I thought I was exaggerating.

          • Clarko

            “We`d better run that past Clarko first, though.”
            “I`ve heard that Clarko persuaded Monarch to go into receivership rather than bring them back from their jollies in Spain!”
            “I have it on good authority (private message from Clarko) that the lads are devastated to hear this, Peter.”
            “Unless Clarko comes on to enlighten us as to why Leazes is wrong then he`s explained it all.”
            “I see Clarko is communicating with you using ESP!”
            “Yeah – Clarko isn`t exactly fitting compensation for two leg ends of the cyberworld.”
            “except anyone who disagrees with Clarko the Great, that is.”
            “Clarko will be proud of me because that is a non-judgmental fact.”
            “(some claim it`s THE longest but I`ll leave that sort of stuff to Clarko)”
            “I don`t think I`ll quite believe we did that until Clarko comes on to confirm it!”
            ” I detest ashley as much as the next man (except Clarko and Bobbi, of course)”
            ” Clarko`ll be on in a minute to put us straight.”
            “Let`s take the Clarko analogy a bit further.”
            “At risk of starting to sound like Clarko, I didn`t actually refer to the reporter.”
            “(I`ll leave that sort of thing to Clarko)”
            “I bet Clarko`s got one fitted internally”
            “I`ll have to get on to the mag and consult the Great Clarko.”

          • Clarko

            17 comments since 27th August and that’s without counting actual replies, WOW. Honestly, I thought I was exaggerating. Apparently not.

            But Stan, why are you so mad? Try to understand that I do want you as a fan.

          • Wor Lass

            That`s 50 days ago so it`s more-or-less a post every three days. I don`t know exactly how many posts the mag puts up each day (I leave that sort of trivia to you) but let`s say it`s 10. So, one post in every 30? I think “Someone” is over-egging their own importance. How hard to believe is that?

          • Clarko

            17 comments since 27th August. You’re infatuated, fixated, obsessed with me. A post every three days, WOW.

          • Geordiegiants

            Thick as fock

          • Clarko

            Another member of the “I’ve been schooled by Clarko” squad.

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha I love your out look, so clever.

      • nufcslf

        I dare say you are a Trump supporter as well. “It’s all fake news”……….

        • Clarko

          What are you talking about? Your comment makes absolutley no sense whatsoever. Get an education.

          • nufcslf

            Simple really. Both a couple of gob shites that should never be given a position of power, least of all any support. Makes perfect sense in the real world.

          • Clarko

            And how is that “opinion” relevant to my comment?

  • Rich Lawson

    Jaffa Benitez then ?

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Lofty

      You could add Jaffa Benitez, chocolate digestive, hobnobs and penguins, rich tea and iced gems. All to the La Bamba tune. Or not.

    • Tynewalker

      Best comment on this site for years

      • Rich Lawson

        Thank you.

    • Wor Lass

      Wish I`d come up with that one!

      • Rich Lawson

        It’s nice to have a laugh on here as well as the heated debate,insults,etc,I’m glad you liked it.

  • Leicester Mag

    Ashley has taken the biscuit for the last 10 years

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I don’t fancy the biscuit bloke myself because it wouldn’t be a step up from what we’ve already got in all fairness.

  • Kumzynufc

    Doesn’t sound like it’ll be an upgrade on Ashley tbh

  • Mxpx

    I don’t fancy the biscuit man either by to suggest that if he’s genuinely going to give Rafa £60 mil that’s not an upgrade isn’t fair

    • 5floorshigh

      £60M is crumbs for a biscuit tycoon

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    No chance of the Fat Lad selling for £220m
    Next !

  • Dutch

    OMG we could go from Magpies to Penguins FFS

  • Dutch

    Come on Amanda, get a grip

  • Dutch

    Every chance selling 220M with two further instalments of TV rights money to be paid over two years into the Ashley Bank account. As a sweetener every fan to get a packet of Jaffa cakes on entrance to the ground. Result (NOT).

  • 5floorshigh

    The Mcvities Stadium ?

    • Dutch

      That would be taking the biscuit.

      • 5floorshigh

        then we could have ‘the custard cream stand’…..’bourbon terrace’…….and so on.

    • Mxpx

      St jammys park ?

  • Dutch

    Thinking outside the biscuit box. 4 annual payments off 95 millions to be taken from TV rights awards. Then investors ploughs money into the squad from income. MA Walks away. Hint Amanda. Everyone wins.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      How would that work, who pays for the wages etc? That is very dangerous

      • Dutch

        Who pays the wages at present. You do.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          No, we don’t. The new owner would have to quadriple the ticket prices to manage that (assuming our wage roll is the same as two years back)

        • Jimmy_toons

          Spot on. Whether through season tickets, tv subscriptions or having a few beers in the pub watching a game, we all contribute in one way or another to football’s magic money.

  • steve pearce

    Is that 60 million for the January window? Because we will need to spend at least half of it to buy a striker who can score goals.The first Turkish buyer of a football club could be an interesting proposition as they are proud people and he will want to make an example. The fact that he owns businesses based in this country and understands our business model is an advantage but we will need at least two board members from our region to ensure that the fan’s best interests are served. At least we’ll get shot of the fat stinking bag of southern pus and his crumby crew and we can stand proud again and not be as limp as an over dunked digestive…

  • nufcslf

    Bring on the bikkies or at least start a bidding war to rid of fatty asap. I think the next couple of months could lead to a verry merry hoho, if all goes to plan. Wait aa

  • steve pearce

    Have you read the last sentence?

    “Yildiz Holdings Murat Ulker’s controlling business have said that he/they are not interested in buying Newcastle” Here we go again – its more fake news from shyte journalists and its just like these player “links” we get before each transfer window. So expect everyone from Alan Sugar to bobbifleckman to be announced as our new owner on an hourly basis…

    • Wor Lass

      The story was worth it just for the “Jaffa Benitez” and “St Jammy`s Park” gags, Steve. Genius!!

      • steve pearce

        Totally agree with you there Wor Lass – but I hope whoever owns Durex these days isn’t interested……

        • Wor Lass

          As I said when our shirt sleeve sponsor was announced, it`s a shame Ashley`s parents hadn`t been sponsored by a rubber company back in 1963.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Fake news like you exclusive information you had that a deal was done?

  • Guest 2

    I knew this story was taking the biscuit…;-)

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      It would be Nice

  • Desree

    Love jaffa cakes and hob nobs.

  • Albert Stubbins

    already been denied-another non story- prepare yourselves for lots more before the end of the year.