A positive breakthrough on the Newcastle takeover front on Thursday night.
George Caulkin covers north east football for The Times and is normally a very reliable person when it comes to reporting on Newcastle United.
He has revealed that Mike Ashley met with Amanda Staveley on Wednesday night to talk about the Newcastle takeover.
It was an informal setting as the pair had a curry in a London restaurant, though no mention of Ashley daring her into drinking games, or of him vomiting into the fireplace hopefully….
The pair are said to still share a desire to get the deal done and The Times journalist also revealed that no other bidders are active.
The other piece of news is not so good, with George Caulkin’s information being that it may take until February for a deal to be completed, after the transfer window has ended.
However, depending on how much progress is made in the meantime, it can be possible in these situations for the impending new owner to finance spending in the transfer window still, even though the takeover may not be totally complete.
Quite clearly George Caulkin has been briefed by somebody with this news and hopefully, it may well be the case that both sides have given their blessing for the news to come out, reassuring everybody that a deal is still in the offing.
“Mike Ashley & Amanda Staveley talked Nufc takeover over a curry in London last (Wednesday) night.
“Despite the negativity around this week there’s still a desire to do a deal & her bid is the only game in town.
“Less good: increasing belief that it may not be completed until February.
“Whatever the logistical reasons for that possible delay – and it wouldn’t make for a comfortable rest of season – an informal face to face meeting is a positive development.
“Ashley is now on holiday in the US, but negotiations will continue.”