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. 😀