Newcastle United set for end-of-season sale, according to Premier League pundit

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley.

Newcastle United will be sold by the end of the season, according to a pundit.

The club was put up for sale in October 2016 by owner Mike Ashley.

Dave Kitson.

Dave Kitson.

However, Ashley has not been able to find a buyer for United, which he is understood to value at around £300million.

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Ashley broke off talks with financier Amanda Staveley early last year and more recently backed away from discussions with Peter Kenyon, another would-be buyer.

However, Dave Kitson has claimed that the club, which is 15th in the Premier League ahead of Friday night's Premier League game against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, is close to being sold.

The former Reading and Stoke City striker was asked about the future of the club while commentating on Newcastle's defeat to Arsenal for TalkSport last week.

Kitson told host Tom Rennie: "Well, it's funny – I can let you in on a little bit of an exclusive. Don’t ask me how I know, but I do. This club will be sold before the end of the season.”

Asked how much the club would be sold for, Kitson said: “It’s going to be between £300million and £400million. But it's going.”

Kitson added: “It’s gone. It’s being done as we speak.”

Newcastle have made no comment on Kitson's comments, though they have been played down.

The club is looking to secure the services of manager Rafa Benitez beyond the summer, when his contract at St James's Park expires.