Newcastle officials are now said to be keen to meet with financier Amanda Staveley, with Mike Ashley now officially attempting to sell the club before the end of this year.
Newcastle are now even willing to defer the payments to get the club sold so that the new owners can help Rafa with some transfer money in January and next summer to significantly strengthen the squad.
Amanda opened talks to try to buy Liverpool for the third time after she had been spotted in the Director’s box at the Liverpool game at St. James’ Park.
She had informal talks with Newcastle officials after that game and with manager Rafa Benitez too.
Amanda Staveley – about to make her move
But the report in the Chronicle seems more about Newcastle officials would like to meet with Staveley and not the other way round.
It seems clear there is a real effort by Newcastle to sell the club in the next two months and we hope they are successful in doing that.
It will give us all a very exciting January in the transfer market – that’s for sure.
At some point in talks with would-be buyers – Mike Ashley will have to get personally involved, and that hasn’t happened yet with any interested buyer.
And Staveley has yet to sign non-disclosure forms, so there’s a question about how serious she is in buying Newcastle.
We’d be more convinced Amanda is interested if she had a look at the financial records of the club, which is one of the first things interested buyers usually do.
But with Newcastle making it easier to buy the club by deferred payments it does look like this third attempt by Ashley to sell the club is for real.
We certainly hope it is.
And Amanda as the owner of the club would really be something.