With the January transfer window only 48 hours away from opening, an exclusive now claims that there has been zero progress on a Newcastle takeover.
In the first week of December hopes were raised when another exclusive revealed that Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley had met.
The venue was an Indian restaurant in London, with photos showing the pair of them together (along with a number of other people) leaving after the meal.
The story was carried by all the media along with claims that progress had been made between the pair with talks to continue.
However, the latest exclusive claims that nothing has changed, with Mike Ashley refusing to go lower than £300m and Amanda Staveley still sticking on £250m.
With then maybe the biggest sticking point also said to remain, Amanda Staveley still insisting on a relegation clause. This has been previously reported as being either Ashley later paying the Staveley bidders compensation if Newcastle ended up relegated at the end of the season, or Staveley’s people paying a lower price up front and then an additional amount if the club stayed up.
We all pick and choose who we believe in the media but on the Newcastle takeover, all the coverage relies on either journalists simply guessing, or being told something by one of the interested parties keen to push their agendas.
A lot of people will dismiss the latest exclusive simply because it comes from The Sun, via their man who covers Newcastle United, David Coverdale, but they…