Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has intimated that a deal to sell the club could be ‘possible’ ahead of the January transfer window opening but there are a few problems with that claim.
Speaking to Sky Sports yesterday the full PR campaign was in full flow and Ashley announced that he wanted to sell the club before January and that talks were now at a ‘more progressed stage’ that ever before.
The problem there is he admits himself that there have been no acceptable offers so far, and he confirms that he’s not even in talks with one specific or preferred party, so quite how a deal is going to go through in under a month with all the necessary due diligence to do is beyond me.
I did have to smile though when he said he wanted to step aside for a new owner that would ‘please everybody’ and he implied that any new owner would have to demonstrate that they could provide transfer funds to show that they were the ‘right buyer’.
Given how often the topic of a sale is now coming up, and plenty of fans have their own thoughts on the subject, we have to hope there is actually something in it but it’s fair to say that’s being doubted once more on social media.