Ashley hopeful Newcastle United sale can be concluded in coming weeks

Florence Fletcher
December 6, 2018

However, a report from Luke Edwards at the Telegraph might offer Newcastle fans more concrete hope than ever.

The Newcastle boss said he is "hopeful" of stepping aside to find an owner "that will please everybody".

Fast forward to December 2018, and Ashley has once again announced that he's looking to sell the club. "Before the January transfer window".

A source close to the club said: "This sounds like the usual copy and paste Mike Ashley approach".

"Talks are at a more progressed stage than they've ever been".

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley tried to buy Newcastle for £250m previous year, but she could not agree a deal with Ashley.

As yet, it remains unclear who the potential buyer, or buyers, are.

Before Newcastle's 2-0 home defeat to West Ham on Saturday, they had won their last three games - and Ashley cited the good form could help with the sale of the club.

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"Realistic? It's possible. Realistic is maybe too strong a word".

"Hopefully we can carry on the good form - just recent good form - and we can get the deal done", Ashley said.

Asked on Monday if it was realistic for Newcastle to be sold before the transfer window opened on January 1, Ashley said "possible" was a more accurate word but he was hopeful of stepping aside to find an owner "that will please everybody".

This recent news has set off a firestorm of debate on Tyneside.

Ashley confirmed any potential buyer must be able to provide transfer funds.

They play Everton on Wednesday as pressure grows on manager Rafa Benitez to steer the Magpies clear of the relegation zone.

So once again, the Toon Army seems to have come full circle.

He claimed there is an outside chance the sale could be finalised before the January transfer window, but fans aren't convinced.

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