Anil Ambani May Still Bid For Newcastle

The Sunday Sun reported yesterday that Indian billionaire Anil Ambani may be ready to revive his interest in a Newcastle United takeover.

Anil Ambani – still interested in buying Newcastle?

But where exactly the Sunday Sun got that news, or whether there’s any substance in the story is unclear.

Some news reports yesterday were noting that West Ham United’s asking price was a low £50M, caused by the financial problems surrounding their Iceland owner Bjorgulfur Gudmundsson. Iceland’s economy is in dire trouble right now, based on the financial meltdown happening there.

If anybody is looking to buy a Premier League club right now, West Ham would seem the best buy, and it’s located in London, which will be an advantage to foreign buyers.

Everton are also up for sale and Dubai-based Zabeel Investments, who at one point were said to be interested in Newcastle, have already bid for Charlton Athletic for around £50M. If West Ham are available for the same amount, you would have thought Zabeel would have bid for them.

The Sunday Sun reported that Ambani made some serious inquiries about Newcastle during the summer, and has still not completely ruled out an official approach for the club.

But he’ll have to be quick if he indeed is interested, since it’s being reported the deadline for offers is this coming Friday, but even that piece of news is uncertain.  It seems that everything surrounding Newcastle United right now is uncertain at best.

For the record Ambani is just 48 years old, and is ranked sixth richest man in the world by Forbes at present, with a net worth of about £24B. Anil runs marathons, is married with two kids, and his current biggest asset is his 65% stake in telecom venture Reliance Communications.

His brother Mukesh Ambani, is 50 and is ranked 5th in the list, and worth a measly $1B more than his younger brother.     😀

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • HAMMY14

    Oct 13, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Whooo 1st

  • Jamie G

    Oct 13, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Not going to happen, and why would it?
    Ashley is staying and we should all get behind him when the inevitable does happen this friday.

    I will be on this website on friday to give the same message.

    I think for the clubs sake, Wise should follow Jimenez, and we should get back to norm with Ashley appointing a good, experienced PL manager like Moyes, Bruce, Venables.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Nobody will bid for West Ham they have something like £200mil debt.

  • Milner

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    MA will not appoint a new management. He is hit by the finanical crisis and do you think he will still make time to appoint manager and chairman if wise and llbamias left? Now he can only leave things to the 2 and run newcastle, while he is trying to salvage the losts.

  • S.Parker

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t look forward to this guy….

    I think United will be bought by another richman…

  • Shane Coghlan

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    You know you want to Anil 😛

  • graeme

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    MA may well be suffering with the current financial market meltdown but that doesnt remove his responsibility for NUFC.

    If he doesnt invest in players in January, assuming he’s still here, the chances of us becoming sucked into a relegation battle become much more real.

    If that happens, the value of his asset (NUFC) will plummet quicker than his reputation as a shrewd football club owner!!!

    Its just not in his interest to let the club slip down the table and stay there, it will cost him a hell of a lot more in the long term.

  • simon376

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    I can understand where people are coming from about not wantting a rich owner and Newcastle keeping its id. My only worry is:

    The clubs who are in the top 4 are in europe every season and can get money that way.

    Clubs that have been bought out by rich guys can now challnge the ‘top’ clubs.

    Clubs that are just left as they are and because of the problems in the finance world, just won’t have a hope of moving up at all unless they have a fantastic squad of players.

    As much as I would like to see us be aable to move up on our own merits with players doing well, I just can’t see it. We don’t have the players to do it right now, we need a few more. The only way we can improve is if somebody with a bit of money buys us out and gives some cash to the manager. After 2 – 3 seasons of being up there, then hopefully we could do it via the players we woudl have and not need to worry about big cash injections every year. Hopefully we would then be generating enough cash.

    Lets hope something good hapens this week.

  • Nobby's Dad

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Not going to happen, and why would it?
    Ashley is staying and we should all get behind him when the inevitable does happen this friday.


    The club is for sale so why wouldn’t it happen? When you’re selling in a buyers market its difficult to set a deadline, I think the Friday thing is all nonsense.

    Ashley will have bids put in but none will be near what he wants so he’ll be forced to sell for less money. There is no way he is staying because he simply never intended to…he bought to sell at a fat profit….surely this fact is now beyond dispute?

  • surey

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #11

    ha ha i have read that before!!!
    Deja vu?????????/

  • simon376

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree Nobbys Dad. I do think a deadline could be the case though. i work with tenders all the time and think it will be the same for Newcastles sale. One date is set for expressions of interest, then I would send an information pack out to them for what we hoep they can provide. Within a couple of weeks by a certain time, offers have to have come in then reviewed.

    I know it will be slightly different for the sale of Newcastle as Ashley wont care how they are going to provide a service unlike tendering, but he will no doubt have a deadline for interest then a deadline for offers. Of course if offers dont come in anywhere near, he might hold on for a while. But as you said, he wants out and always has done. No point staying too long with all the hostility for him, if he can get out and cover his costs, he would be onto a winner I think.

  • DanToon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #13

    MA is not Billionaire anymore! Sports Direct has been hit hard by the recession. My cousin works at the HQ in Mansfield as one of the accounts management team, she’s being made redundant!!

  • seetow

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    hahah ed i wouldn’t call 1B measly, would you?

  • Lokes

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    No quote, No even the mystery source, nothing!
    I doubt frankly

  • Ericles

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley only ever saw NUFC as a profit making toy. He is nowt but a fat capitalist cat in more ways than one. He is a “new money” johnny-come-lately and the proof of his barrow boy mentality is in those he recruited to run NUFC.
    He will sell to the highest bidder for the biggest wad he can get in the present market situation. It matters not what the fans think, it matters not what any Geordie thinks or wants for the best of the club. Ashley’s asking price means a an Arab or foreign money-bags. As long as we get KK back with some quality back-up and quality players then that will be what we will have to settle for. As long as it is not laundered money because we as fans have already been taken to the cleaners.

  • Toon Daft

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    would bloody love it though

  • Terry Mac's Crossword

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Dream scenario in my humble opinion. I don’t particularly like the mega money war games which are warping the EPL but if we don’t join in i’m afraid we’ll get left behind. maybe the north of the tyne could devolve from England and we could join the SPL? Champions league every season . . . could appen.

  • jo

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #19

    aye but ericles?-do u know ya wild boar?does it go the whole hog?

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I have came to cheer you all up in these sad times! 😉 Lets start with the laughing stock that is Tottenham 😀

    SPURS BRA – One for the ladies. This bra, in team colours, comes with good support but no cups- £14:99

    SPURS CONDOMS – Come in sizes from “Little Hero” to “BIG LES”. Ideal for the p****s in the Paxton Road End. – £0:75p for life-times supply. (3)

    Have a nice day! 😉

  • jo

    Oct 13, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #21

    waaaaaaaa ba ba ba ba ba ba ba bap!

  • ryan peacock

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #22

    if we get this bloke top 8 is possible with his huge investment in january and as for next season who knows! but the chances are he will not buy anyone!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #23

    terry mac-god forbid! the two horse race that is the SPL isnt something i’d be especially proud to be a part of.

  • Howay50

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #24

    I hear that NUFC is to be nationalised by Brown and Darling. Sponsorship will switch from Northern Rock to HM Treasury and that Alistair Campbell wants to be in the first XI!!!

  • Howay50

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Actually would be a bad thing if NUFC were nationalised as with current premiership club debt about to be renegotiated or called in. We might even win the league this year as we will be the only team left…

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Three things that you must question here :

    1 . It’s in a Sunday rag

    2. The Sunday rag has Sun in the title

    3. No quote from anyone, just a story made up by the tea boy at the Sun to fill a few column inches.

    They don’t know what to print since JFK told them what he tought of them all. lol 🙂

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    * thought

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Lets hope the new owners see sense and bring in Terim or Temuri, not bluddy Keegan!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Bang on born again!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Bang on TT!..

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #31

    my dream manager is van gaal
    he is a good tactician
    a good motivator
    very experienced and proved he can handle pressure whilst at barca
    he also plays good football
    is very charasmatic
    and he could also revolutionise our academyas he should know what it takes to make a good academy has he has worked with 2 of the worlds best in ajax and barca
    he could help with the young players we already have
    krul and the other academy lads

    he speaks good english
    has good knowledge of world football
    can attract big players

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    but could we attract him from alkmaar

  • scotty

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyone heard the rumor of the club being sold a done deal with shearer as manager???

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #34

    If Shearer or Keegan coms back as manager ill put a bullet in my brain.

    I wouldn’t mind van Gaal at all, just got a feeling about Ketsbaia.

  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #35

    scotty – no, and dont even start with such crap!

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #36

    tom toon kestsbaia sounds to be one of the best managers around he is the 1st manager of a cyprusian team to get in the champs league and though his squad clearly hasnt the quality to get through he isnt making a bad go of it

  • midlandstoon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Has anybody seen Nile ranger in action yet?
    Heard he is doing well whats the verdict?
    Would be good to see him and kadar get a shot

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Exactly, he is one of the best YOUNG managers around with people like Martinez and Bilic.

  • sweendog

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #39

    Ashley truly is a disgrace ..

    Anybody of the feeling that Ashley cleared debts etc and might have been good for the club …. just read in the chronicle he hasn’t cleared the debts .. they’ve just been underwritten .. so coming from the point of view that Ashley has invested in the club and sorted it out .. in fact he has done nothing but ruin the club .. shameless greedy fat tw*t

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 13, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #40

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