Mike Ashley agrees £52m takeover deal, Rafa Benitez contract to expire in EIGHT days & Alan Shearer honours Sir Bobby Robson

Mike Ashley has agreed a £52m takeover of GAME today - the Newcastle United owner bought a 26% stake in GAME back in 2017. That’s since increased to 40%.

By James Copley
Sunday, 23 June, 2019, 09:51
Not the takeover news everybody was expecting.

In a statement to the stock market, Game said it had little choice but to accept an offer from Ashley’s Sports Direct leisurewear group, which bought a 26% stake in the company in 2017 and has built its holding to nearly 40%

Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United contract expires in just eight days.

The Gazette understands the Dubai-based investors believe they are the only legitimate takeover party in talks – and are keen to strike a deal quickly.

But TWO parties are believed in negotiations to wrestle control of the Magpies from Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley.

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United are in limbo with the club’s ownership as well as the managerial position in doubt.

According to reports, former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is in contention to complete a shock move to the US and is now a ‘serious candidate’ to become the new manager of MLS side FC Cincinnati manager.

Fulham and their manager, former United midfielder Scott Parker, will reportedly part with £20m to secure the services of striker Dwight Gale after identifying 28-year-old as their top target. Gayle still has two years left on his own deal at the North-East outfit.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has given his seal of approval to a new play celebrating ‘Bobby Robson Saved My Life’ the life of Sir Bobby Robson.