New bid­der claims New­cas­tle talks

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Ben Rumsby sport in­ves­ti­ga­tions reporter

An­other bid­der has come for­ward say­ing it has sub­mit­ted an of­fer to buy New­cas­tle United, fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the Saudi Ara­bia-led takeover of the club.

But there were doubts over what Bel­la­graph Nova Group claims is a £280 mil­lion bid for the Premier League side, af­ter it said it had “en­listed” the help of Alan Shearer. Sources close to the New­cas­tle and Premier League le­gend last night de­nied any in­volve­ment with BNG, al­though the firm’s claim of a sim­i­lar as­so­ci­a­tion with an­other for­mer New­cas­tle striker, Michael Cho­pra, did stack up.

The com­pany is­sued a redacted copy of what it said was a let­ter of in­tent sub­mit­ted for Mike Ashley’s con­sid­er­a­tion. It is signed by Nerei­des de Bour­bon, the firm’s chief global mar­ket­ing and in­vestor re­la­tions of­fi­cer, who told The Daily Tele­graph last night dis­cus­sions with Ashley were on­go­ing. He also said BNG planned to sign the cal­i­bre of player of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, claim­ing it was in “di­rect con­tact” with him.

The com­pany said in a state­ment: “Bel­la­graph Nova Group’s founders are at an ad­vanced stage of ne­go­ti­a­tion, hav­ing al­ready pro­vided a let­ter of in­tent as well as a proof of funds on Aug 10.”

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