FOR­GET CASH SPLASH FOR ASH Fred­die rules out mega Toon buy­out

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“If New­cas­tle was worth £1, then lots of peo­ple would buy it.

“If it’s £200m, there’s not so many. It all de­pends. I don’t know what the books are or what po­si­tion the club is in – I don’t know.”

Shep­herd says Ash­ley hasn’t taken his eye off the ball at St James’ Park, even with the bit­ter bat­tle for con­trol of Ibrox.

He added: “Mike’s a busi­ness­man, end of story. He’s in it to make money, and that’s the bot­tom line.

“As far as Rangers are con­cerned, he’s do­ing them a favour. He can’t con­trol them by shares, but he can con­trol them by money. He’s the Royal Bank of Rangers.”

Siem de Jong has handed care­taker boss John Carver a boost by re­turn­ing to train­ing.

Toon’s £6m Hol­land striker has been out since Au­gust fol­low­ing surgery on a se­ri­ous groin in­jury.

But the 25-year-old is back with the se­nior squad af­ter a lengthy re­hab and is eye­ing a re­turn when New­cas­tle tackle for­mer boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace on Fe­bru­ary 11.

New­cas­tle are braced for a bid from Shang­hai SIPG – man­aged by Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son – for hit­man Papiss Cisse.

The Chi­nese side are ready to of­fer the Sene­gal striker £150,000-a-week to move to the Far East – al­most five times his cur­rent Toon salary.

New­cas­tle paid £7m for Cisse three years ago and will lis­ten to of­fers in that re­gion.

Cisse, 29, has 18 months left on his cur­rent deal and is also a tar­get for Swansea, who have money to spend af­ter the £25m sale of Wil­fried Bony to Manch­ester City.

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