Newcastle takeover by Mexican consortium still on cards despite Mike Ashley talks breaking down

NEWCASTLE could reportedly still be bought by a Mexican consortium despite talks breaking down last month.

The Orlegi group spoke to Mike Ashley but the move was scuppered amid reports that “rude” Mike Ashley made a deal unworkable.

 Mike Ashley wants £300m for Newcastle and has not budged on his valuation


Mike Ashley wants £300m for Newcastle and has not budged on his valuationCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But The Athletic claims the businessmen are still hopeful of buying the Magpies from their unpopular owner.

Toon fans are desperate for new ownership after watching their side struggle with a lack of investment under Ashley.

The loss of Rafa Benitez over a refusal to sign loan star Salomon Rondon to a permanent deal this summer left a bitter taste.

Steve Bruce took over and has Newcastle 13th after 12 games – seven points clear of relegation.

But his side have scored just 11 goals and supporters are not pleased with the style of football on show.

Orlegi are led by Alejandro Irarragorri and director of football Jose Riestra and have plenty of contacts in the football world.

They also looked at Crystal Palace before deciding on Newcastle after watching the film Goal!

Last month, Ashley admitted Toon’s main aim was to stay up this season – highlighting a lack of ambition.

Signing off the accounts on October 24, he wrote: “The club will have challenges to face as it looks to remain in the Premier League subsequent to the 2019-20 season.”

The businessman’s refusal to budge on his £300million asking price has so far put off every potential investor.

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