There’s an exclusive report in the Star today (and one in the Express) that Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley have had further talks and Ms. Staveley has tabled a new offer more than £300M.
Those two papers just so happen to be owned by Staveley’s close friend and media mogul Richard Desmond.
Desmond set up the only meeting so far between Ms. Staveley and Mike Ashley at the Paradise Indian restaurant in Hampstead in early December.
No response has been received from Ashley, and the bad news is it looks like Ashley will wait until the Premier League’s new TV deal is announced next month before making any decision.
The new TV deal is likely to be massive and could add to the value of Newcastle.
Amanda Staveley – bids over £300M
But this will not help Rafa Benitez in his efforts to save Newcastle from relegation this season, and it seems the owner is not willing to give Rafa too much money this month to strengthen the squad.
It does appear however that Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners Group are serious in their bid to acquire Newcastle.
There is also a report in the Express on the same topic, and they report there are renewed fears that if Staveley does not buy Newcastle, then Rafa will leave the club – probably at the end of the season.
Rafa cannot be a happy camper at the moment since he seems to be the only one at Newcastle who wants to ensure Newcastle will be a Premier League club this May, with Ashley again restricting the money he can spend.
That thinking by Ashley doesn’t make any logical sense at all since he will lose about £150M on the value of Newcastle if we are relegated again.
If Ashley would only agree on a deal there were reports some weeks ago that Stavely would be willing to loan the club some money for Rafa to spend this month.
That will not happen now.
Initially, Ashley wanted to sell by Christmas, but he is putting his own interests first rather than Newcastle’s by waiting for the TV deal to be announced next month.
That means Rafa will continue to struggle this month in his efforts to strengthen the squad – and that seems short-sighted at best.
If Newcastle are relegated in May, it will be the end of a dream for Newcastle fans.
We just have to hope Rafa can get a few players in this month and we can get the six wins in the 15 remaining league games in order to survive.
What do you think?