NUFC takeover bid gets fresh backing from key figures in Middle East consortium

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Newcastle United’s would-be owners are waiting for answers from the Premier League in 2021 as top-flight chiefs continue their legal process with both Mike Ashley and Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited.

But new correspondence from key figures involved in the deal has offered fresh hope going into the new year.

As revealed by the Chronicle on Wednesday, the fight has now been taken to PM Boris Johnson and the fan group are wanting feedback by January 13 over a possible meeting with legal figures such as Nick de Marco and Shaheed Fatima who are spearheading Ashley’s court battle.

But the recent movement from NCSL has had fresh backing from those who wanted to buy the club last year.

The bid – which was funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers – collapsed when the Premier League refused to approve or reject the deal.

After NCSL’s big play to get PM Johnson involved, Jamie Reuben and Staveley’s husband Mehrdad Ghodoussi have given the next stage of the appeal their thumbs up.

NCSL posted an update on their Twitter feed today reading: “Great to see Jamie Reuben sending our message out and supporting the aims of us all to get this deal done.

“We can’t wait until these people are installed into our club when the takeover completes!”

And with Staveley still watching and waiting for events in court, as Ashley tries to get the takeover back on track, NCSL added: “Some said you’d feel better if one of the buyers signaled their approval so you knew they were still around.

“Tonight Mehrdad did just that.

“He liked yesterday’s attached letter and followed NCSL tonight.”

The group’s bid for answers from the Premier League has also had public support and backing from figures such as Ant & Dec, Rafa Benitez, Micky Quinn, MPs such as Ian Lavery and Chi Onwurah.

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