Revealed: The man leading Newcastle United takeover talks
Chris Mort is leading takeover talks with Newcastle United, according to a report.
Mort – who worked on Mike Ashley’s takeover in 2007 and was briefly chairman of the club – is “spearheading” Amanda Staveley’s £340million bid, according to The Athletic.
The lawyer, a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been in discussions to Justin Barnes, Ashley’s close associate, for months.
Staveley’s consortium is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund.
The financier failed in previous takeover bid.