Date: 9th July 2019 at 8:00am
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BZG’s latest statement about the ongoing Newcastle United takeover process is yet to be verified by the Newcastle Chronicle, according to Mark Douglas.

The Chronicle journalist claimed via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that he is yet to get a response from his two sources at BZG and says that the North-East newspaper is yet to print the statement because they cannot double check it’s veracity.

Peter Redding, who is a sports presenter on Capital Radio in the United Arab Emirates, released a statement by BZG via his personal Twitter account on Monday which says that “every aspect” of the takeover process has been completed.

OPINION

Not only was it an odd statement by BZG that fails to offer any clarity on the potential takeover at Newcastle United, but it was also odd that the statement was made public by a radio show host from the UAE. If BZG are serious about buying Mike Ashley out of the Tyneside club then they need to be in contact with the local newspapers in the North-East, not just their local media. Although Redding is likely a very reliable journalist in the Middle Eastern country, Newcastle fans need to see things like this come through media sources inside the United Kingdom at the very least. The Chronicle have been getting a lot of stick from fans during this takeover process but this statement just shows how tough it is for them. BZG don’t seem interested in talking to them and Ashley doesn’t seem interested in talking to them either. This takeover just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. The season kicks off in a month and even if Sheikh Khaled does buy Newcastle, it’s unlikely that he will have any impact on this summer’s transfer window.