Amanda Staveley has confirmed she remains interested in buying Newcastle United - 14-month on from her previous attempt.
Staveley witnessed three bids rejected for the Magpies in November 2017 before Mike Ashley abruptly called off negotiations. Here, in timeline style, we remind ourselves just how Staveley's previous attempt to buy the club panned out as talk of another Staveley saga threatens.
Her interest wasnt confirmed at the time, but Staveleys appearance in the directors box to watch Newcastles 1-1 draw with Liverpool fuelled speculation that she about to open talks with Mike Ashley.
Less than 24 hours later, The Telegraph reported Staveley held talks with Justin Barnes, the man appointed to help find a buyer, stating her intentions hold further talks across the coming days.
With 15 days of speculation surrounding Staveleys St Jamess Park appearance, St James' Holdings Ltd, on behalf of Ashley, announced the club up was up for sale.
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Reports suggested Staveley was weeks away from submitting a formal offer as she turned PCP Capital Partners in order to help her secure the suitable funds.
Talks were progressing quickly with Staveley reportedly keen on breaking a deal before Christmas. She signed signed confidentiality agreement and entered a due diligence period. Ashley reported asking price? 350m.
200m upfront then two further instalments of 50m on July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019. However, the instalments were to be withheld - if United were relegated and penalised by HMRC.
Reportedly worth 350m - 150m on completion plus three payments of 50m made for three years in succession from 2020, also containing performance bonuses. It also had penalty clauses in the event of relegation and the HMRC fine
Reportedly worth 250m - payable in full (no clauses). Although the offer was 100m short of Ashleys asking price, 100m would be invested across two transfer windows plus 100m in improving the Magpies training ground + academy.
The pair met at the Paradise Indian restaurant in London, however Ashley was left angered after being snapped by a Sun newspaper photographer.
Sky Sports led a story believing Staveley had upped her offer to 300m and a takeover was imminent with Ashley lowering his asking price.. However, those reports were quickly shutdown.
It is only right to let the fans know that there is no deal on the table or even under discussion with Amanda Staveley and PCP. Attempt to reach a deal have proved to be exhausting, frustrating and a complete waste of time.
Staveley, speaking on record for the first time, responded to Ashleys time waster claims - outlining her plans for Newcastle and her intention to still strike a deal. That was the last we heard from her - until today