Newcastle United takeover & transfer news: Premier League reportedly angered by Saudi approach; Arsenal-linked Guinea international eyed

Despite pressure from all angles, Newcastle United fans await a decision from the Premier League on the Saudi takeover.

Steve Bruce, Alan Shearer, pundits galore, respected journalists and fans have all continued the push for an owners and directors test call from the league – but still we wait, and the rumours continue.

And according to the Mail, the Saudi’s have angered the Premier League with their claims, despite offering a route around piracy issues.

The Mail report states: “A letter sent by a member of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) to the UK Government which claim they will happily shut down any illegal piracy of Premier League football — if only someone had complained to the correct email address.”

PIRAEUS, GREECE - MARCH 12: (FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE) In this handout image provided by UEFA, Mady Camara of Olympiacos FC is challenged by Joao Moutinho of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Olympiacos FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Karaiskakis Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Piraeus, Greece.

It continues: “The Premier League, who will be responsible for approving the takeover deal, are also understood to have received a letter. While they declined to comment last night, it is believed that league bosses were left frustrated by Saudi's claim that they are unaware of any concerns about their role in piracy.”

Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia brokered a deal worth £300m with Mike Ashley in April, but 81 days on still await an answer on whether they are fit and proper persons to own Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United are reportedly interested in Arsenal, Sheffield United and AC Milan-linked midfielder Many Camara.

According to reports in Greece, the Magpies are keen on the 23-year-old, who has been a key cog in the Olympiacos wheel as his side won the Greek title for the first time in three years recently.

Camara also impressed as Erythrolefki – the red and whites – knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League.

Elsewhere, Newcastle could be set for a windfall due to a clause in the contract of former striker Ivan Toney.

Brighton & Hove Albion are set to make another play for the frontman, who has excelled in League One, after falling under Rafa Benitez’s axe on Tyneside.

And Peterborough are thought to be asking around £10million for the forward. And should Brighton pay it, United would be due a 10% sell-on fee.