According to the Mirror, Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles has spoken to club owner and chairman Mike Ashley on behalf of the other players asking for clarity over the club’s stalled takeover.
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund wants to buy the St. James’ Park outfit in a £300 million deal that involves PCP Capital Partners owner Amanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers.
However, the Magpies would-be owners are still waiting for the green light from the Premier League after almost 15 weeks of scrutiny by their legal team.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce and the players want clarity over the club’s ownership status, but Ashley hasn’t spoken with him about it and has also blocked PIF and co. from reaching out to him.
Lascelles’ decision to reach out to the Sports Direct owner has pleased the fans, with some of them reacting thus on Twitter:
Rightly so, well done Jamaal
— Jack (@jchaytor16) June 29, 2020
Refuse to play any more games until the @premierleague sort the takeover out.
— Joe #NUFC (@Joe1989NUFC) June 29, 2020
— Lennon (@lennonnufc) June 29, 2020
Need to speak to the @premierleague as well
— Kurt Steed (@KSteed101) June 29, 2020
We entire club and fan base need an answer now, the club is in limbo without any direction or leadership
— Bryan Crute (@busterforever) June 29, 2020
Not sure i believe this..mike ashley talks to no one.
— Danielle NUFC #cans (@Daniell07101064) June 29, 2020
So Ashley is willing to speak to a player but not Bruce the manager?Wow!
— Roman (@K67647299Roman) June 29, 2020
Should be asking the prem too
— James (@James07742976) June 29, 2020
— Jarvis (@Jarviik) June 29, 2020
Ashley has agreed to sell Newcastle and is now waiting for the Premier League to reach a decision.
Saudis’ links with piracy have prevented the EPL from rubber-stamping the deal, and the delay could have a huge effect on the club’s summer transfer plans.