American businessman Henry Mauriss has made a £350million offer to buy Newcastle United and wants to take control before next season, sources have told MailOnline.
It is said that Mauriss is ready to move quickly but any deal would be dependent on the collapse of the Saudi-led takeover currently subject to the Premier League’s owners and directors test.
Mike Ashley agreed a £300m price with the Saudi consortium in April and it is not known why Mauriss has offered £50m more.
Newcastle supporters are sure to be sceptical of the claims and they remain hopeful that the Premier League will approve the Saudi deal.
Little is known about Mauriss’ worth but he is the current CEO of Clear TV, who provide broadcasting services for airports and hospitals.
He set up the company in 2014 having previously started his own credit card business – Credit America Corporation – which he founded in 1998.
Sources insist the offer is genuine and that Mauriss is a viable buyer of a Premier League football club.
However, the timing of the offer is sure to raise eyebrows and is yet another twist in the never-ending saga that has become the proposed takeover of Newcastle.