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.
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.