After years of speculation the sale of Newcastle Utd Football Club moved a step closer yesterday.
Owner Mike Ashley slapped a tacky ‘Mega Value’ sticker on the club and gave it pride of place between Wrangler jeans in sizes for XL – XXXL and football shirts that are only three years out of date.
A sale to a consortium fronted by the Yorkshire-born financier Amanda Staveley has been broadly agreed.
But Ashley is trying to negotiate the sale of a massive mug and a branded maths set into the bargain. Club insiders have indicated that if negotiations don’t go well then Ashley may settle for just selling a water bottle or a carrier bag to be sold alongside the club instead.
Three years ago, Newcastle’s owner called Staveley a ‘time waster’ after the collapse of an attempt to purchase the club, but the new documents confirm she and Ashley have agreed a £13m deposit.
Staveley though said that the previous deal fell through as she couldn’t find Newcastle due to it, at that time, being in the far corner behind the cricket pads, snooker cues and table tennis bats.
The Premier League has received the necessary paperwork from both parties.
A spokesman confirmed the paperwork consists of a huge star shaped ‘Bargain’ sign, a gift card and a Man Utd annual circa 1992.