Newcastle takeover headlines as Premier League director claims Saudi bid has not been blocked

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A Premier League chief executive has confirmed that the valuation of Newcastle United’s takeover bid remains “ongoing.”Elsewhere, the Magpies are understood to have an interest in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

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Last takeover

Newcastle United fans have been informed by Premier League chief executive Bill Bush that the club’s takeover in the Middle East has not been blocked – despite the wave of negativity surrounding the owner’s and manager’s test.

Bush was present at a Premier League Network meeting, organized by the Football Supporters Association, attended by the Supporter’s Trust of Newcastle United.



With Amanda Staveley, the Reuben brothers and the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund awaiting the outcome of the high-flying tests, fans have been informed that the process remains “ongoing” despite talks of the deal collapsing due to links to a hacking channel in the Middle East.

PL to contact NUFC on ticket refunds

The Premier League will talk to Newcastle United about offering back refunds for tickets for matches they will not be able to attend.

The Magpies are now the only Premier League club not to tell their fans of their ticket refund plans, despite the rest of the English football season being held behind closed doors.



NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: (EDITOR’s NOTE: Image treated with a digital filter) A general view of St James Park before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on 06 October 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Newcastle have yet to circulate details of their plans for refunding tickets and in a letter to supporters, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust have confirmed they have taken legal advice on the situation.

NUST also confirmed that the Premier League would discuss the matter with Newcastle United on their behalf.

Edward interest

Newcastle United are interested in Odsonne Edouard – and this is a move that could happen anything that happens with the ownership of the club.

The Celtic striker is one of the players watched by United’s current scouting team, who continue to operate despite the huge uncertainty at the top.

Edward ticks the boxes that the current regime requires – age, potential and ability to make an impact. And, according to those who know potential buyers, his profile is also eligible for their mission.



Celtic's Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Premiership Ladbrokes match between Celtic and Livingston
Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring the opening goal in the Premiership Ladbrokes match between Celtic and Livingston

One of the problems with the saga of extended takeovers is that it is to reduce the time to make big changes to the club before the 2020/21 season, whenever it starts. With big changes being considered, the sooner the deal will be the better.

But it may end up that there is some crossover – hence the importance of current scouting plans.

Edouard recently hinted he would stay at Celtic, but a move to the Premier League could appeal. Newcastle are on the market for strike reinforcements this summer, with question marks on most of their current strike force.

The 22-year-old would be a good addition to United

Last pre-season

Newcastle United’s pre-season arrangements for 2020/21 could be thrown into chaos by quarantine rules this summer.

The Magpies had not agreed anything for the pre-season when the season was interrupted in March as they still could not guarantee in which division they would be.

But unlike in the summer of 2019, when it was agreed in March that the club would travel to China for the pre-season for the Premier League Trophy, there were no long-haul plans planned for the Magpies.

There was a sense that Portugal may have been a favourite destination for Steve Bruce after the toon boss used the Algarve as a summer training base during his time as Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City manager.



However, all preparations for next season have been put on hold during the virus pandemic and priority to get the current season ended naturally taken to the center of the stage.

United’s season could run until 1 August if they reach the FA Cup final, but they will still play until the end of July in the Premier League.

Carroll’s former teammate on a new deal

Newcastle United should offer Andy Carroll a new contract because the striker has been “effective” on the pitch and remains a “great player” in the dressing room.

That’s the view of Academy graduate and former teammate Matty Pattison, who believes the 31-year-old deserves a second season at St James’ Park.

Carroll returned to the Magpies last summer – eight years after his controversial record transfer to Liverpool on deadline day.

Injury problems that plagued the striker’s time at Anfield and West Ham United have resurfaced this campaign, limiting the striker’s playing time.



However, Carroll has generally impressed in his 14 appearances to date, and was handed the first start of his second period in victory at Sheffield United in December.

The Gateshead-born striker is expected to expire in the summer, and the Magpies have had more time to make a decision on his future.

Carroll must make a number of appearances to trigger a one-year extension, while the club retains the ability to do the same.

Pattison, who now works as an academy coach at Gateshead FC, believes his former teammate’s postings so far deserve a contract extension.

Barlaser on the “best year”

Newcastle United midfielder Dan Barlaser is back at the club after enjoying the “great year of his career.

The 23-year-old spent the last campaign on loan at Rotherham – playing 35 times in all competitions for South Yorkshire side.



Rotherham United’s Dan Barlaser scores his team’s second free-kick in the Sky Bet League One match between Rotherham United and Blackpool

The Gateshead-born midfielder was an integral part of the Rotherham team that was promoted to the Championship after the premature end of the season due to the COVIDE-19 crisis – with the team in second place.

Watts gets green light

Newcastle United’s youngster Kelland Watts can be used as a back-up in the remainder of the 2020/21 season after a rule change at the last Premier League meeting.

The versatile youngster had spent the season on loan at Stevenage FC and Mansfield Town, but FIFA officials have relaxed the rules so that players can be registered to three different sides this season, something the Premier League told the clubs this week.



Kelland Watts
Kelland Watts

Watts, who can play centre-back or midfield, is now an option for Steve Bruce with FIFA rules reading: “Players are allowed to be registered with up to three clubs and are eligible to play in official matches for three clubs during the same season.”

Newcastle also welcomed Rolando Aarons back from Motherwell, but despite the fact that his only other action came to Wycombe Wanderers, he was not registered in the Toon team back in January.

‘Choose a song’

Sky Sports has confirmed that Newcastle United fans will be able to vote on the chants they want to hear during live matches on their channels.

The added feature will be available in their Fanzone and Watchalong options for their coverage of the Premier League reboot.



Newcastle United fans finally had an afternoon to remember after a trip to Southampton

Sky will show 64 of the 92 games remaining this season, with 25 of those games being on their live selection channel.

However, Sky’s free coverage will not include an option to turn off false crowd noise, as the broadcaster has found that it it’s better to include the noise of the crowd than not to.

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