Newcastle takeover LIVE: Amanda Staveley deal hit by DELAY, Henry Mauriss ready to bid ‘quickly’, how Toon could look – The Sun

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S prospective £340m takeover continues.

But 'fixer' Amanda Staveley will be forced to put the buy-out on hold – as she faces a High Court grilling over her challenge to sue Barclays bank for a staggering £1.6 BILLION.

Follow ALL of the latest updates right here…

  • BAD TOON

    The Newcastle Supporters Trust has blasted Mike Ashley for already taking payments for next term's season tickets.

    A letter said: “We understand the club finds itself in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.

    “That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist.

    “We have previously contacted Newcastle United to express our concerns at the lack of action by Newcastle United to assist its supporters in a time of need during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

    “You have called on the fans of Newcastle United for support so often over the years and when we called for you to stand by your supporters, you did nothing.

    “The majority of clubs have managed to find solutions to these ticketing issues and to offer support to their fans.

    “There is no obvious obstacle to Newcastle United doing the same.”

  • NEW TOON

    American tycoon Henry Mauriss is reportedly ready to bid for Newcastle.

    The Telegraph claims he will strike quickly to take advantage of the Saudi-led consortium’s TV piracy problems with the Premier League.

    A group led by Amanda Staveley looked set to complete a £300million takeover.

    But the Prem is stalling on whether to approve the bid, opening the door for Mauriss.

  • LOVE SHAQ

    Newcastle could be set for a major squad rebuild if their £300m Saudi takeover goes through.

    From Xherdan Shaqiri to Philippe Coutinho, here's how the Toon could look next season.

  • SAUD AND PROUD

    If Newcastle's takeover goes through they will be owned by some of the wealthiest people on the planet.

  • LIVE A LITTLE

    Liverpool are two wins away from winning the title – and no one will be able to claim they have paid their way to the top.

    New statistics show Manchester City's net spend over the last five years is nearly six times more than Liverpool's.

  • MORE ON JORDAN

    Simon Jordan added on talkSPORT: “There are regimes that are also not the most ideal regimes and I believe Newcastle fans have a right to want these owners that they want – and I think they’ll get them.

    “I don’t have any anticipation that the Premier League will stop this acquisition.

    “They might use it as great leverage to see if any mechanism to stop piracy of their rights by beIN Sports.”

  • JUST A MATTER OF TIME

    Simon Jordan thinks there is nothing the Premier League can do to stop the Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle United.

    Former Crystal Palace owner Jordan said: “I’ve never thought that it wouldn’t.

    “The first challenge was the mild outrage about the Saudi Arabian regime and people within the confines of the Premier League objecting to it – but that moral outrage is difficult to control as that’s the government’s job to deal with.

    “The next one is around the regime being involved in piracy but I believe it’s going to be very, very difficult to stop this takeover.

    “I think that right now they’re getting their ducks in a line with broadcasters and with finances and given the nature of public scrutiny, people have got a lot of time on their hands to really scrutinise the transaction.”

  • GIVING MY MAX

    Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed why it was important for him to visit the NUFC Fans’ Foodbank and give back to the supporters.

    The flying winger said: “It's really important for me [to volunteer at a food bank] because I know where I come from.

    “I wasn't born with money or a big car, I was born with nothing.

    “Even if my parents were in a good situation they would always say 'you have to go and get everything, even if I could give you money and nice things I won't because you have to understand that life is difficult'.

    “I know I have to take care of people sometimes.

    “Even if I don't give money I know I can give my time and I can stay with these people and talk a little bit.

    “It's important for me to remember where I'm from.”

  • LAST ORDERS FOR BAR

    Rotherham have extended their loan deal with Dan Barlaser.

    The 23-year-old will stay at the Yorkshire club until the end of this season and will then be part of the first-team squad at the Toon, if Steve Bruce remains in charge.

    Obviously with so much up in the air due to the takeover bid, this could well change.

    The midfielder has also had loan spells at Crewe and Accrington in recent seasons.

  • GET YOUR FIX

    The weekend of Friday June 19 to Monday June 22 is currently looking like THE weekend for football after its return following coronavirus.

    Here's how it looks.

    Friday June 19

    PL Norwich vs Southampton (6pm), Spurs vs Man Utd (8.15pm)

    Saturday June 20

    PL Watford vs Leicester (12.30pm), CH Fulham vs Brentford (12.30pm), BU Dortmund vs RB Leipzig, Bayern vs Freiburg (2.30pm), CH WBA vs Birmingham, PL Brighton vs Arsenal (3pm), West Ham vs Wolves (5.30pm), Bournemouth vs Palace (7.45pm).

    Sunday June 21

    CH Cardiff vs Leeds (noon), PL Newcastle vs Sheffield Utd (2pm), Aston Villa vs Chelsea (4.15pm), Everton vs Liverpool (7pm), SA Inter vs Sampdoria (8.45pm)

    Monday June 22

    SA Lecce vs AC Milan (6.30pm), PL Man City vs Burnley (8pm), SA Bologna vs Juventus (8.45pm)

  • CHEICK THAT OUT

    It was three years ago on Friday that former Toon star Cheick Tiote died after suffering cardiac arrest at training in China.

    Let's never, ever forget this incredible moment.

  • SHEARER CONTINUED

    I understand their stance because you’ve got a 20-year-old who has not played much and wasn’t even in the equation at the beginning of the season.

    They feel they’ve offered him a lot of money, with increases going up and up each year, which he or his agent clearly doesn’t think is enough.

    And if Longstaff has already agreed to move, there’s little more they can do.

    I’m sure there is more behind it than we may know but it’s a big risk for a local boy to leave the area and his football club for a team in Italy that could be relegated.

    The Pozzo family own both Udinese and Watford, so I have seen that he could eventually end up there — but even so, it’s difficult to understand.

    Longstaff must have his individual reasons as to why he is choosing to leave his club.

    READ SHEARER’S EXCLUSIVE COLUMN HERE

  • R-UD AWAKENING

    SunSport columnist ALAN SHEARER is confused by Matty Longstaff’s contract stand-off.

    He wrote…

    I’m struggling to get my head around Matty Longstaff’s situation at Newcastle.

    If he leaves at the end of his contract it will be a great shame because he’s a local boy and you don’t know what’s around the corner with the looming takeover.

    For someone who has started just six league games, it would be a huge gamble to move to Udinese and I really hope it doesn’t backfire for him.

    If the figures we’re hearing are correct then Newcastle have put a very good offer on the table.

  • 'MAND DOWN

    Newcastle takeover 'fixer' Amanda Staveley will be forced to put the buy-out on hold – as she faces a High Court grilling over her challenge to sue Barclays bank for a staggering £1.6 BILLION.

    It is the latest blow in the Toon saga with a Saudia Arabia-backed regime wanting the Premier League club in a £340million deal from Mike Ashley.

    Staveley has been the key figure in the takeover which has been held up by controversy with critics claiming it will allow the kingdom to “sportswash” its appalling human rights record.

    But with her out of the equation this week because of her High Court showdown, more delays will hit the buy-out.

    She will appear in London's High Court tomorrow and all week as she sues Barclays for £1.6bn in a high-profile case.

    The Yorkshire-born financier has accusing Barclays of deceit and claims she was edged out of up to £1.6billion in fees after the bank unfairly favoured other investors over her firm, PCP Capital, as the bank sought to raise £7.3bn in cash during the 2008 banking crisis.

  • BAD TOON

    Newcastle have been blasted for a “dereliction of duty” by their supporters’ trust after continuing to take season ticket money for next year.

    In a letter written to MD Lee Charnley last week, the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust demanded confirmation of refunds for this campaign and season ticket payments for next to be paused.

    It said: “We understand the club finds itself in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.

    “That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist.

    “We have previously contacted Newcastle United to express our concerns at the lack of action by Newcastle United to assist its supporters in a time of need during this unprecedented global health and economic crisis.

    “You have called on the fans of Newcastle United for support so often over the years and when we called for you to stand by your supporters, you did nothing.

    “The majority of clubs have managed to find solutions to these ticketing issues and to offer support to their fans.

    “There is no obvious obstacle to Newcastle United doing the same.”

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