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Friday’s Toon Talk: The Takeover Talk Heats Up

Amanda Staveley’s group declares a valuation of Newcastle.

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It’s finally Friday! Our match against Burnley is just around the corner... but in the meantime let’s take a look at some news across the league.

It seems that the valuation of Newcastle is set at 300 million pounds by Staveley’s group. To be clear, the process of buying the club is not necessarily close to being done. This is just another step in a rather large process. But the article did state that Amanda Staveley is looking to finish the deal by December, giving Benitez the capital to invest in the January Transfer Window. Something to keep an eye on... (Chronicle)

To add to the fire that is the takeover talk, former Newcastle keeper Shay Given has stated that the club can be as big as Manchester City with the new ownership going through. Shay Given is no stranger to success when it comes to Newcastle as he was the keeper for the team that competed in the Champions League. A place that we hope Newcastle will be back competing in in the near future. (Telegraph)

Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked back to the Premier League as he is thought to be at the top of Leicester City’s Claude Puel’s list. It would be nice to see him playing again as he has had little impact at PSG. #FreeBenArfa (Chronicle)

Whenever Rafa Benitez has been asked about the takeover, he brushes it off and insists on focusing on the next game. That’s great to hear from a supporter’s standpoint, but you’d have to imagine his mind is racing with anticipation and, perhaps, excitement. (Shields Gazette)