It is over 10 years now since Mike Ashley (supposedly) put Newcastle United up for sale.
Little wonder that most Newcastle fans give little credibility to claims of any imminent sale.
Many/most supporters believing that Ashley has no interest in selling NUFC, with ongoing claims of still being up for sale simply being a smokescreen to divert criticism away from what he (Mike Ashley) is doing at St James Park.
However, The Mail claim that a number of very rich American businessmen want to buy NUFC and ‘Take Newcastle to the next level globally.’
According to the newspaper’s (alleged) source, the only issue that might prevent an offer being made, is if relegation worries persist.
Which kind of takes us right back to this time last year when relegation fears supposedly derailed the Amanda Staveley group as the team went on a October to December run of only one point in nine games.
As with all of these claims of buying Mike Ashley out, Newcastle fans hope for the best, but fear the worst.
We all know the potential of this football club and just want Newcastle United to have the chance to see just how far it could go.
Sportsmail has learned that a group of ‘seriously wealthy’ US businessmen can meet Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s £300million asking price.
The group are ready to nip in ahead of a rival consortium, reported as being led by former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon.
However if Newcastle, in 19th place, start to look relegation certainties any prospective deal is likely to collapse.
The Mail ‘source’ saying:
“We are talking seriously wealthy people.
‘”They have the funding and see the potential.
“They see a sleeping giant and feel they cannot only have a real go at providing the success fans crave but also take Newcastle to the next level globally.
“Any potential buyer is wary of the league position. The fear is that you pay £300m now, back the manager with another £100m in January and still get relegated.
“All of a sudden you’ve spent £400m for a club that is suddenly only worth £150m. It’s a huge risk.
“Ideally, Newcastle go on a run and a sale goes through once the window has closed when they’re close to, or have stayed up.”