There have been many reports since Tuesday that a South African consortium has bid £300M for Newcastle United, with another £100M set aside for players and improvements at the club.
Johann Rupert – pictured in Scotland recently – and needing a shave
However, one of the South African businessmen thought to be involved in the bid, billionaire Johann Rupert of the famous Rupert family, insists he has no interest and no knowledge of any proposed bid.
Jonathan Cleland was said to be a spokesman for the group, and he revealed only recently he was 80% confident the deal would go through and Kevin Keegan would return to manage the club.
However, Cleland did not disclose who the businessmen were, so we suppose it’s still possible what he is saying is true.
Rupert however denied all knowledge of the reported takeover, and told BBC Radio 5 Live:
“I have never met Mr Cleland, never spoken to him on the phone and my secretary does not have a record of him calling.”
“I haven’t spoken to any of the other parties either. I don’t know Mr Cleland, I have a preference for cricket and rugby. I don’t know anything about football and I’m not a football man.“I think it is a bit naughty.”
“They use your name, you deny it – it is a total joke.”
Oh well, we now wonder if this is just a huge smokescreen.
A number of our readers have suggested the real deal is going on, but we just yet don’t know yet who the group is, and it could well be the consortium that does eventually buy Newcastle, has not yet been identified by the press.
That might even be a good thing.