Date: 23rd June 2019 at 4:00pm
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Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves has taken to Twitter to deliver an update on what he knows about the purported Newcastle United takeover.

The Magpies have been heavily linked with a buyout from the Dubai-based Bin Zayed Group, but information from official channels has dried up somewhat in recent times.

Writing on his personal Twitter, Graves outlined exactly what he knew about where the takeover stood.

He said: “Can only go on what I’ve been TOLD, which is – Newcastle United IS defo for sale, at least 2 interested parties in talks, BZG claim they’re “close”.

“But so many mixed messages both here and abroad.

“Tough for Journalists trying to pick between the facts. When I find out more, I’ll tell you.”

OPINION

Graves update doesn’t really do to much to bring fresh information to fans, but it is handy insofar that it provides a clear and concise update of where things stand. Basically, it would appear that things are not as advanced as the Bin Zayed Group have maintained that they are, but that’s not to say that a takeover is not in the offing. Indeed, the fact that there seems to be more than one buyer interested could even be read as a promising sign by some people. For now, however, confusion reigns, and as frustrating as it is, patience is the order of the day on Tyneside. Obviously, time is of the essence, especially where Rafa Benitez is concerned, but there is little that the Toon Army can do at this stage but sit and wait for an update from somebody other than a journalist. Make no mistake though, if this deal does not go through, and if Mike Ashley is still at the helm next season, there will be a whole lot of furious Geordies.