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Newcastle owner wants club sold before January window

Newcastle owner wants club sold before January window

Ashley's tenure at the Magpies has been fraught with controversy, and most fans have grown tired at his lack of investment in the club.

I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans for the club and for everyone I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in who will please everyone.

"I'd like it to be before the January transfer window".

Asked on Monday if a deal being struck before the window opens was realistic, Ashley said the word "possible" would be a more accurate description.

Ashley has now revealed he is not in exclusive talks with any particular party but that "talks are in a more progressed stage than they've ever been".

Sportswear magnate Ashley announced he wanted to sell the club last October after more than 10 years in charge, having paid £134.4 million to buy Newcastle in 2007.

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

Former Manchester United and Chelsea bigwig Peter Kenyon was rumoured to be heading up a consortium interested in the Magpies earlier this season.

The 54-year-old has made no secret of his desire to sell the club in the past, and has been involved in a number of high-profile failed takeover negotiations, most notably that of Amanda Staveley.

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.

There are rumours circulating that Ashely, via his lawyers, has spoken with buyers but is yet to see evidence of proof of funds, whilst some senior Newcastle staff members are believed to be "skeptical" about how honest Ashley was during his Sky interview.

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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