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NEWCASTLE fans are still nervously waiting to see if a £300m Saudi-led takeover for the club goes ahead.

It has been revealed that the move from Mohammed bin Salman 'is in serious doubt' with the World Trade Organisation reportedly set to rule that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ.

Follow all the latest updates from the North East below…

  • RIGHT ON THE MONEY

    Newcastle's prospective new Saudi owners could bid for Premier League TV rights to ease through the Toon takeover.

    The league's Middle East and North Africa broadcast contract expires is to be handed out next year, ahead of beIN Sports’ £500million, three-year deal expiring in 2022.

    And the Mirror report on Saudi plans to invest in these rights as a sign it is serious about piracy claims.

    The nation's links to beOutQ, an illegal streaming service, have led to large concerns over their suitability as club owners.

  • PREM RETURN EXPLAINED

    Are you a little lost trying to find out when the Premier League is returning? Well have no fear as SunSport has answered all your questions ahead of today's important meeting between the clubs.

    What date is Project Restart likely to take place?

    What's gonna happen with the TV money?

    What time will the matches be?

    Our man Dave Fraser is on hand to fill you in with everything you need to know about the Premier League's return.

  • GEORDIE HEAVEN

    Imagine if the takeover goes through and Newcastle line up like this next year?

  • GOOD MORNING NEWCASTLE FANS

    Newcastle's £300million takeover is in serious doubt after the World Trade Organisation ruled that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him.

    Finally, transfer guru Antero Henrique is reportedly being chased by Newcastle as they look to appoint him as their director of football.

  • MAUR PLEASE

    Mauricio Pochettino has put Newcastle on full alert by saying after six months out of football, his “tanks are full” and he is ready to manage again.

    He said: “Are we ready and hungry to get back to work? Yes. After six months, our tanks are completely full.

    “Always, you dream of the perfect club. The perfect project.

    “But we are a coaching staff that are open to listen to all the projects, all the people. We are learning and sharing ideas.

    “You never know when it’s going to be the motivation or the inspiration to say, Oh, they are the right people, and you want to be with them or their club.

    “We are very receptive to listen to all the people because every single conversation we can learn from and maybe we can see a motivation to go with them.”

  • BALE OUT

    Gareth Bale can recapture his “superstar status” with a mega-money move to Newcastle, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo.

    He told BetFair: “Newcastle should receive a big money injection this summer with a new owner coming to town and this could be a great destination for Gareth Bale, as he could reassume his superstar status at the club and keep earning a big amount of money.

    “It would be a great chance for him to prove he is still a top-class player and be considered again one of the best in the world, so if this offer really comes, I think he should accept it.

    “At Newcastle, he would be the biggest star of the team and could lead a rejuvenated squad to a good Premier League campaign.”

  • GONZ WITH THE WIND

    Moneybags Newcastle want Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain – who could leave Juventus after a bust-up.

    Toon want a big-money signing if they complete their Saudi Arabia takeover, which would give them the richest owners in the Premier League.

    The 32-year-old ex-Real Madrid forward could see his £5million-a-year contract terminated by Juve, after he went AWOL after the coronavirus outbreak.

  • FORWARD PLANNING

    Rafa Benitez wants to bring John Stones and Ross Barkley to Newcastle if he rejoins them this summer.

    The Telegraph claims Benitez, now managing in China, believes he can land England centre-back Stones from Man City.

    And the Spaniard also wants to poach playmaker Barkley from Chelsea as he looks to make the most of his Saudi cash.

    However, it is not said if the players are open to linking up with Benitez at his former club.

  • BENI GOOD

    Rafa Benitez is ready to return to Newcastle.

    The Telegraph claims he is ready to quit Chinese side Dalian Yifang for a stunning St James’ Park return.

    He believes he has unfinished business in the North East a year after refusing to sign a new deal under Mike Ashley.

    Mauricio Pochettino is also believed to be in the running to replace Steve Bruce.

  • HEN DO

    Transfer guru Antero Henrique is reportedly being chased by both Manchester United and Newcastle as they look to appoint him as their director of football.

    The 52-year-old is currently without a job having left his role as Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director last summer after three years spent in the French capital.

    According to Le10Sport, the Portuguese technician played a key role in helping the club lure Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January.

    Newcastle are said to be interested in Lille's director of football Luis Campos, but Henrique is the club's No1 target.

  • BEATEN TOON IT

    Newcastle have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.

    The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.

    Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.

    But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

    They are said to have explained the ambitious new project planned at St James' Park if the takeover goes through.

  • SAUD BUT TRUE

    Newcastle's £300million takeover is in serious doubt after the World Trade Organisation ruled that Saudia Arabia is behind pirate TV station beoutQ.

    The Guardian claims a report to be published in June will reveal the station, which illegally streams live Premier League games, is Saudi-backed.

    The Premier League apparently “made submissions against Saudi Arabia as part of the legal process.”

    And chiefs have already received the report before it gets released in June.

    The WTO say Saudi Arabia is in breach of international law.

    And the ruling will cast huge doubt over the takeover of Newcastle, which is led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and backed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

  • TOON LATEST

    It's the saga of the summer and a story which just won't go away.

    Newcastle's proposed takeover by Saudi price Mohammed bin Salman has been at the forefront of the Toon Army's mind ever since it was broken – and fans are dreaming of a title-challenging team once again.

    SunSport exclusively revealed on Sunday that the Premier League was set to give Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed consortium the green light to take control of St James' Park.

    She was hoping to get an official word this week before rubber-stamping the deal on June 1.

    But The Guardian revealed yesterday that a report to be published in June will reveal the station, which illegally streams live Premier League games, is Saudi-backed.

    That has reportedly left the £300million takeover in 'serious doubt'.

    If the move does go through, Steve Bruce is also in the dark about whether he will remain as Toon boss.

    Bruce is dreaming of becoming another “Pep or Jurgen” at the top of the management tree but speculation is mounting that he will be replaced by a big name like Mauricio Pochettino or Rafa Benitez.

    Bruce told Sky Sports: “We all aspire to be Pep (Guardiola), Jurgen (Klopp)… these great managers who've been a breath of fresh air to football.

    “If it's good for Newcastle, and the club are going to try to compete with these teams, to be part of it would be great.

    “I'd back myself against most people in that division… to be in a position where you're actually challenging, and you have a good enough team as Newcastle did in 1995 and under Sir Bobby Robson as well.

    “It would be wonderful. I'd back myself, of course I would.”

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