Amanda Staveley meets Newcastle owner Mike Ashley for face-to-face talks

Amanda Staveley
Amanda Staveley

Mike Ashley has met Amanda Staveley for takeover talks – at a curry house.

The Sun has published photographs of Newcastle United's owner and Staveley leaving a London restaurant after a dinner meeting.

Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley

Staveley's PCP Capital Partners has tabled a £250million offer for the club, which was put up for sale by Ashley last month.

Ashley, however, values the club at closer to £400million and talks are ongoing.

The meeting was reportedly set up by newspaper owner Richard Desmond, who was also pictured leaving the Hampstead restaurant.

Staveley wants to do a deal in time to sanction investment in Rafa Benitez's squad in next month's transfer window.

However, a deal might not now be done until February.

The Premier League will need 30 days to ratify a takeover.

United are 15th in the league ahead of Saturday's home game against Leicester City.