Date: 16th May 2020 at 11:15am
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A lot of Newcastle United fans have flocked to a post from journalist Paul Smith, who has suggested that the Premier League is ‘very close’ to signing off the proposed takeover of the Toon.

Smith, who claims on his profile that ‘if I didn’t know someone, I knew someone who did’ – implying that he is well-connected – shared his claim via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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To kick things off, which season is this kit from?

He believes that a ‘forensic investigation’ into Saudi Arabia’s links to piracy ‘has failed to find sufficient evidence’ to block the sale of the club.

This was followed up by a further tweet in which he claimed that the Premier League ‘are dragging their heels’ so that they are not accused of failing to investigate the consortium properly.

However, it is this first tweet that has grabbed the attention of these Toon fans.

Do you believe this update?

Yes, we are nearly there

Yes, we are nearly there

No, seems like pure guesswork

No, seems like pure guesswork

What do we think?

Smith does not cite any sources, but he seems to be pretty confident in what he is saying.

The deal for Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed consortium to replace Mike Ashley has been with the Premier League going through the required checks.

A decision was expected this week, but claims of new evidence regarding the issue of piracy could have caused a delay.

However, according to Smith, it seems that the Premier League has failed to find enough evidence to block the takeover – though we will just have to see what happens.