Keith Harris has been interviewed this morning by Setanta Sports and has some revealing and good news for Newcastle fans.
Keith Harris – never a £450M asking price
Keith Harris spoke to Setenta Sports and said:
“It’s been a month of extraordinary turbulence in all the world’s financial markets but we’ve been progressing with this, we’ve been sieving and sifting,” We’ve been talking to a shortlist of interested parties. There are seven parties with whom we are still having talks.”
“There isn’t an official deadline but we all know what importance people have in respect to the transfer windows.” We would expect any new buyer to be in place with his manager to have the opportunity to assess the team as to what needs to be done in January.”
“Newcastle is a terrific football brand and Mike wants to make it clear that although he wants a maximum price, he want to make sure it goes into hands of people who can nurture it for the future.” “Somebody would want four to five, maybe six weeks to do that, which takes us broadly to the middle of November.”
And Keith has admitted that some of the stories making the rounds in the press are not true, including the price of £450M which was widely ciruclated as Mike’s first asking price for the club.
“When newspapers get hold of stories and can’t get the figure they want they just invent one.”
“Nobody I know knows where the £450M figure ever came from. So it’s not been a question of dropping the price from that level. It’s been a question of making sure people have the absolute facts.
“Like, for example, there is no debt in this football club. Mike Ashley paid off the debt. No reduction in price has been talked about to anybody.”
This has to be taken as good news, because it’s coming right from the man in charge of the deal, and it would appear the financial crisis is not having too much of an impact on the deal, and that’s great news.
We’ll not get carried away, but it looks like we may have a good buyer and manager in before the January transfer window opens.
Now to beat Manchester City next Monday.