Steve Bruce pours cold water over Newcastle United takeover talk despite renewed interest from Amanda Staveley, as he reveals Mike Ashley sanctioned £45m deal for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare
Steve Bruce has cast doubt on Amanda Staveley’s attempt to buy Newcastle United by revealing that Mike Ashley sanctioned a club record £45million move for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare last week.
The Magpies boss also says he has been told by managing director Lee Charnley that there is ‘nothing in’ talk of Staveley fronting a £340million deal involving the Saudi royal family.
Sportsmail understands senior management at the club are sceptical over reports that Staveley is ready to take control, especially given she made the same claims two years ago only to be labelled a ‘time-waster’ by Ashley.
Steve Bruce has revealed that the proposed Newcastle takeover is unlikely to happen
And it is telling that Bruce has chosen to reveal Ashley’s decision to give the green light on a deal for France Under-21 star Soumare – a move that does not tally with a club on the brink of being sold.
‘We had a bid accepted that would have been near enough a club record but the player didn’t want to come,’ he said. ‘We thought last weekend we had a chance to bring him in but we couldn’t get it over the line, and that was a big disappointment.
‘We were booked to go on a plane and meet the boy but he changed his mind.. At the death it was, ‘We want to keep our options open until the summer’. You have to respect that.’
Financier Amanda Staveley had reportedly been close to agreeing a deal for the Magpies
Newcastle had made a £45million bid for Boubakary Soumare but player turned down move
Bruce has sought information from Charnley regarding the proposed takeover but says there was no update.
‘If there was something to talk about, and something to tell me, he’ll tell me,’ said the head coach.
‘At the moment all he’s said is, ‘There’s nothing in it’. Okay, fine, let’s go to work and let’s see where we are.
‘It has an unsettling effect on everybody, of course, I wouldn’t lie, but we’re somehow getting used to it.’
Mike Ashley (L) had sanctioned what would have been a club-record purchase for the Magpies