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NEWCASTLE UNITED fans are still waiting to see whether their proposed £300m takeover by a Amanda Staveley-led consortium will go through.

The deal has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to "deal with" allegations of TV piracy.

But a decision will reportedly be made 'this week' – while we have all the latest transfer news and behind-the-scenes goings on at St James' Park.

Follow ALL of the latest updates right here…

  • MORE ON MAURISS

    Mauriss was this month rumoured to be ready to put his offer on the table, with the reports suggesting he has a team in place ready to seal a deal.

    He is believed to be keen on copying the model set by Liverpool's American owners John Henry and Tom Werner after they took the Reds back to the top of world football following their 2010 £360m purchase.

    The TV chief and Spurs fan, based in California, wants to emulate their strategy if he takes over at Newcastle.

  • LATE TO THE TABLE

    American billionaire Henry Mauriss has lodged a £350million Newcastle offer in hope the Saudi takeover fails.

    Unpopular Toon owner Mike Ashley has been locked in talks for the Saudi-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley to take the club off his hands.

    But amid uncertainty over the sale, Mauriss, CEO of Clear TV Media, a company that provides broadcasting services for areas outside of the home, is prepared to meet Ashley's valuation price.

    According to the BBC, the media mogul is “waiting and is prepared to move quickly”.

    Staveley is reported to have had a £300m offer verbally accepted by the current Newcastle owner in April.

    But the Premier League are yet to decide whether to approve the Saudi deal.

  • NO COMMENT

    Richard Masters has provided an update on the takeover situation, by giving absolutely no update whatseover.

    The Premier League chief said in an interview with Sky Sports: “No and as you know I can't make any comments about any takeover.

    ”They're all entirely confidential processes so I'm going to have to not answer your question.”

  • MORE ON LOZANO

    Hirving Lozano was thrown out of Lazio training by manager Gennaro Gattuso for showing a 'lack of commitment' and appearing 'unwilling' during sessions, according to reports in Italy.

    The Mexico winger has struggled in Serie A since his move from PSV last summer.

    And according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, his time in Naples could be coming to an end.

    It is claimed he was 'apathetic' during training which led to his removal, with his future now indoubt.

    Everton and Man Utd have been linked with the 24-year-old, along with Newcastle.

  • STERRING EMOTIONS

    Raheem Sterling says black people have been “screaming for help” in all areas of society.

    And the Manchester City superstar believes “now is the time to act” against racism.

    Sterling told Gary Neville on Sky Sports News: “I feel like I am speaking for most black people. Everyone is tired. A lot of people have been screaming for help in society.

    “With the protesting in America transferring to the UK, you know a lot of people have been in silence.

    “Now they are not just trying to get answers, but also to change in society.

    He added: “It is for people like myself, who have a platform, to try to spark change. Now is the time we have to act.”

  • STAY AT HOME

    Prem fans have been warned that gatherings outside grounds WILL see the season forced to finish in neutral stadiums.

    In a stark warning, sports minister Nigel Huddleston confirmed police have the power to disperse fans who ignore demands they stay at home when the League returns tomorrow night.

    And Premier League boss Richard Masters added that League chiefs had “contingency” plans in place that would allow them to switch match venues at late notice.

    Huddleston said: “Neutral stadiums come back on the cards if we can’t manage local crowds.”

    Masters added: “If it occurs the progress made on neutral venues could be at risk. We have contingency plans in place.”

  • WHAT A LOZER

    Newcastle target Hirving Lozano was reportedly thrown out of Napoli training for a lack of commitment.

    The midfielder was said to have been apathetic during training and was slung out by manager Gennaro Gattuso, according to Corriere dello Sport.

  • In addition to accepting Saudi Arabia’s national security defence, the panel rejected Qatar’s remaining claims that Saudi law violated WTO rules, and rejected claims that the Saudi government supported the alleged copyright piracy.

    Out of six claims by Qatar, the panel’s single finding regarding criminal proceedings was rendered moot in the course of the WTO dispute.

    Saudi Arabia has a strong record of protecting intellectual property and is committed to applying its national law and procedures in full conformity with WTO rules.

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will spare no effort to overcome the threats of terrorism and extremism, and Saudi Arabia is pleased that the Panel recognized its sovereign rights in this regard.

  • SAUDI RESPONDS

    Saudi Arabia has responded to the WTO's report with the following statement.

    A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel released its report Tuesday ruling against Qatar, and finding that Saudi Arabia’s national security defence was justified under WTO rules.

    The WTO panel acknowledged that Saudi Arabia “seeks to protect Saudi citizens and the Saudi population, Saudi government institutions, and the territory of Saudi Arabia from the threats of terrorism and extremism” raised by Qatar in the region.

    The panel also found that Saudi Arabia's comprehensive actions were “taken in time of… other emergency in international relations,” based on extensive evidence presented to the WTO tribunal by Saudi Arabia regarding Qatar's violations of regional agreements and commitments to renounce support for violence and unrest in the region.

    Saudi Arabia also confirmed to the panel that it provides strong protection of intellectual property rights, including criminal procedures and penalties in cases where credible evidence is available to the Government to support the initiation of proceedings…

  • FOLLOW FOOTSTEPS

    The Premier League is reportedly in talks with the FA over introducing a quota that commits to having at least one Black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) coach at every club.

    The Daily Mail claim informal talks have been held between England's top-flight and governing body over the proposal.

    The report adds that the idea has the backing of many influential players, which comes just days after Raheem Sterling insisted that black players are still not getting the opportunities to become top bosses in football.

    The FA introduced a policy of assigning one BAME coach to each England team in 2018 as part of a new equality action plan.

    Part of that initiative, which the EFL followed in 2019, involved rolling out a version of the “Rooney Rule”, in which they committed to interviewing at least one BAME candidate for all England coaching roles.

  • UEFA RESPOND

    UEFA has responded to a World Trade Organisation report published today by reiterating its commitment to fighting audio-visual piracy.

    A statement on their website read: “UEFA welcomes the World Trade Organisation report and its conclusions. What is clear is that beoutQ’s broadcasts constitute piracy of UEFA’s matches and as such, are illegal.

    “BeoutQ was hosted on frequencies transmitted by Arabsat and was promoted and carried out by individuals and entities subject to Saudi Arabia’s territorial jurisdiction.

    “Those seeking to follow beoutQ’s example should be in no doubt that UEFA will go to great lengths to protect its property and support its partners, whose investment in football helps it to remain the world’s most popular sport from grassroots to elite level.

    “Piracy not only threatens that investment but also the existence of professional sport as we know it.

    “Today’s ruling shows clearly that no-one involved in audio-visual piracy should consider themselves above the rule of law.”

  • SAUD AND PROUD

    If Newcastle's proposed takeover goes ahead, they will be owned by some of the world's wealthiest people.

    The nation was only founded in 1932 and has amassed enormous wealth on the back of oil.

  • SunSport revealed last week that Prem bosses had sent the saudis a revised list of questions, related to piuracy but also issues including the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s embassy in Turkey.

    The victory for the Qataris, who are determined to link the piracy complaints with the battle for ownership of Newcastle, deepens the issue facing Prem bosses.

    But Masters was reluctant to even hint at the direction of travel.

    He said: “We take piracy very seriously. We stand by what we said on the record in the past.

    “But in relation to anything to do with takeovers, I can’t say anything about the substance or the timing.”

  • MASTER OF SILENCE

    The planned Saudi-led takeover at Newcastle has been hit by the world’s leading authority finding the Gulf state responsible for pirate broadcasts.

    But Prem boss Richard Masters has declined to make any direct comment on the deal that would see Mike Ashley’s Toon reign come to an end.

    World Trade Organisation chiefs investigated a complaint by Qatari-owned BEin Sport accusing the Saudi state of hijacking their feed in the Middle East.

    After a lengthy inquiry, the WTO upheld the allegations, determining Saudi Arabia “acted inconsistently with rules on the protection of intellectual property (IP) by failing to take actions against a pirate commercial-scale broadcaster operating openly in the country”.

    And that put extra pressure on Prem chiefs who must rule on whether to allow the £300m Toon deal…

  • WTO WANT BLOCK

    A World Trade Organisation report has urged the Premier League to block the takeover of Newcastle, otherwise it will be violating its own regulations.

    According to BBC Sport, the report states: “Should the Premier League approve the Newcastle takeover by KSA, it would be acting inconsistently with its own decisions and factual evidence as part of the WTO proceedings.”

  • ‘MMOBILE PHONE HIM

    Newcastle are reportedly ready to break the bank in a move for Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile.

    A bid totalling £121million is being formulated, according to reports in Italy, for the 30-year-old Lazio striker.

    With the Toon hoping to finally seal the deal on a £300m takeover of the club by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium, many expect a huge spending spree to follow.

    And La Gazzetta dello Sport name Immobile as their latest target.

    Should the takeover go through, they believe Newcastle will bid £50m for the Italian international, who has 27 goals in Serie A this season.

    He will then be offered a £71m five-year contract, worth £275,000-a-week, to make the move to Tyneside.

  • ICYMI – WTO PROBE

    Newcastle’s £300million takeover has been hit with fresh doubt as Saudi Arabia have been ordered to “deal with” allegations of TV piracy.

    The Saudi-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley looked to have been closing in on a deal to take over the Toon from unpopular owner Mike Ashley.

    But Newcastle fans, desperate for new leadership, have been hit with another stumbling block.

    Saudi broadcaster beoutQ, a pirate pay television service, are accused of ripping off coverage from European football, including the Premier League and LaLiga.

    World Trade Organization have carried out an own investigation after the Premier League and LaLiga were denied claims by the Saudi court and lawyers.

    Evidence of piracy is said to have been discovered, which would have cost Fifa, Uefa and the FA hundreds of millions of pounds.

  • LAST-MINUTE TUNE-UP

    Premier League home teams can blast out ‘walk-on’ music for their subs from tomorrow night.

    With all games in empty grounds, top-flight chiefs want to try and restore some advantage to the hosts.

    So clubs can play music at “key moments”, including after goals and for subs.

    It is unclear whether players will have individual tunes, or use the same music.

    West Ham will run out to ‘Bubbles’ when they play Wolves on Saturday.

    A club source said: “After ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it’s probably the most distinct club song in the Premier League.”

  • GOOD MORNING TOON FANS

    Newcastle's £300m Saudi takeover is a 'toss of a coin' regarding whether it will go through or not.

    That is the claim from a Premier League club chief in a report in Forbes.

    But a decision is expected to be made 'this week' on the Amanada Staveley-led consortium involving Mohammed Bin Salman.

    They have already been hit with fresh problems over their involvement in TV piracy in Saudi Arabia.

    Former Newcastle player Matty Pattinson believes if the takeover goes through, it is bad new for Andy Carroll.

    “If the takeover goes ahead and the club will have this abundance of wealth, they’re going to look to bring in real top players at the peak of their game,” he said.

    “If they sign the quality of player they’re talking about, opportunities might be a little bit limited. Where that leaves him, I don’t really know.”

  • MAN ON FIRE

    Manchester City face four games in a 16-day shootout if they are to lift the Champions League for the first time.

    Uefa are set to confirm on Tuesday that the business end of the tournament will be completed by a last-eight ‘mini World Cup’ to be held in Lisbon in August.

    Pep Guardiola and his City side will discover the result of their Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against Uefa’s two-year European ban by the middle of next month.

    And three weeks later City restart their Euro quest by playing Real Madrid in the last 16, having won the first leg 2-1. All four uncompleted matches will be played over the weekend of August 7 and 8.

    Uefa then plan to use the two major stadia in Lisbon for the remaining games, with the quarter- final ties, played as one-off matches, held on consecutive nights between August 12 and August 15.

    Semi-finals will be on August 18 and 19, before the final at the Stadium of Light on August 23.

  • SUB-WOOFER

    Premier League home teams can blast out ‘walk-on’ music for their subs from tomorrow night.

    With all games in empty grounds, top-flight chiefs want to try and restore some advantage to the hosts.

    So clubs can play music at “key moments”, including after goals and for subs.

    It is unclear whether players will have individual tunes, or use the same music.

    West Ham will run out to ‘Bubbles’ when they play Wolves on Saturday.

    A club source said: “After ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, it’s probably the most distinct club song in the Premier League.”

  • NICE ONE MY SONS

    Like Uriah Rennie, Jarnail Singh was a pioneer in refereeing.

    And the first Asian to take charge of a Football League match shares Rennie’s frustration that there are no BAME refs at the top level of English football.

    Now 58 and a referee-observer for League One and Two, Singh said: “I knew Uriah on a professional basis and had the privilege of working with him on a Premier League game as a fourth official.

    “I am very disappointed about the number of BAME match officials that have reached the top level of the professional game.

    “Hopefully both Sunny and Bhupinder and other match officials can change that in the years to come.”

  • TAKING THE MIKE

    Many Newcastle fans will be happy to see the back of Mike Ashley who has had a controversial reign as owner of the club.

  • ALL TIME TOP 20

    SunSport mocked up the all time best table which shows which teams have accumulated the most points in top flight history.

  • BULLISH BRUCE

    Steve Bruce is hoping to make Newcastle more attractive to watch when football returns.

    He said: “The football was difficult to watch at times.But in our last three games, we changed the system and created a lot more chances.

    “And we'll stick with that formation for the rest of the season.

    “Perhaps we may have to tinker when facing the bigger teams but we won't be returning to five at the back.

    “It served a purpose but it was never the way I wanted us to play.

    “Hopefully, we'll give our supporters back home something to get excited about.”

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