There are new background talks taking place over a takeover of Newcastle United, with a resolution potentially being swift if everything goes well.

That is the view of local journalist Mark Douglas, who revealed the information in a Q&A recently, when asked about the current goings on behind the scenes.

Talks of a takeover of the Magpies is nothing new, with this saga having gone on for five years or more. In recent times the likes of Peter Kenyon and Amanda Staveley have been linked with a purchase of the club, but owner Mike Ashley remains in charge due to those bids falling through.

There was a period in the season that has just concluded where Newcastle were not an attractive proposition, with them having the threat of relegation hanging over them, but with Rafael Benitez navigating them to safety once again, ensuring another season of Premier League football at St James’ Park, offers are expected to come flooding in once again.

Douglas believes there are a number of bidders in the pipelines weighing up moves to buy the Magpies, as he highlighted in his Q&A.

“I have to don my tin hat every time I mention takeovers because social media just doesn’t want to hear it. But there is background noise about interest once again, and groups are jostling to get themselves in the spotlight once more.” The Chronicle quotes him as saying.

“All I’ll say is that I know for a fact there is plenty of interest out there. I’m much more sceptical about actually getting the deal done – and I think Dave Kitson got it wrong when he said someone was ready to buy the club as soon as the season was over.

If it happens, I think it’s much more likely to be done quickly rather than the sagas that have worn us down over the last two seasons.”

The takeover saga is not the only long-running conflict that needs to be resolved at Newcastle. The future of manager Rafael Benitez is a matter of priority too, although the outcome of the two issues directly impact on each other.

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