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Mike Ashley: looking to sell

A company headed by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has lodged a bid in the said to be in the region of £300 million for Newcastle United, according to sources.

PCP Capital Partners has been in talks with club owner Mike Ashley for about a month, and a source close to the deal said an offer has now been made.

The St James’s Park club has made no comment, but former Rangers director Mr Ashley said on 16 October he wanted to sell-up after 10 years.

He bought the Magpies for £134.4m in 2007 and club’s accounts to 30 June 2016 showed a profit of £900,000 on turnover of £126m.

Ms Staveley helped broker the purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin-Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2009, and it was reported she led Dubai International Capital’s £400m bid for Liverpool in 2008.

McInnes on West Brom shortlist

Rangers target Derek McInnes is being linked to the newly-vacant managerial position at West Bromwich Albion following the dismissal of Tony Pulis.

The Aberdeen coach is the Ibrox board’s preferred candidate to succeed Pedro Caixinha in the dug-out. But they now face competition from the English Premier League club where he was captain when they won promotion in 2002.

Odds on him taking over at The Hawthorns were slashed from 33/1 to 3/1 second favourite to Scotland target Michael O’Neill who last night went odds-on with one bookmaker.

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne says no approaches have been made for McInnes.

He told Northsound 1: “We’ve had no requests from anyone to speak to Derek and as both Derek and I have said on many occasions, the reality is if a manager is doing well in Scotland then if vacancies come about in England there’s a pretty high chance that Derek McInnes or some other manager in Scotland will be associated with that job.”



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