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Newcastle takeover could start domino effect involving Leicester City
07/10/2021 10:17:29

A major hurdle has been cleared for the takeover of Newcastle United to take place, and it could have a knock-on effect for Leicester City.


Saudi Arabia are ending their four-and-a-half-year blackout of broadcaster beIN Sports, the final hurdle which means the path is now clear for Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to revive their £300m takeover bid.


The takeover will fill Steve Bruce's transfer coffers to levels unheard of in recent years under Mike Ashley, giving him a greater chance of going in for the players he wants.


One such player on his list in Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury, for whom a deadline day loan move to St James' Park broke down in the summer.


Reports in Newcastle blamed the Magpies' hierarchy for the decision to pull the plug, which saw the 24-year-old midfielder stay at the King Power Stadium until at least January.


If the Newcastle takeover is completed before the new year, Bruce could finally get his man - particularly if City sign a new midfielder having excluded Nampalys Mendy from their 25-man Premier League squad.


Speaking back in January, Rodgers set out the club's sale-or-nothing stance on the Loughborough-born defensive midfielder.


“It’s one where the stage he’s at in his career, he’s played enough games, so it’s something where a loan deal isn’t an overly attractive one at this moment in time,” said Rodgers.


“If he does go out, it may be to get games. He wants to play, which is natural.


“He’s got players ahead of him, Wilf Ndidi’s ahead of him as a defensive midfield player, Papy Mendy is ahead of him, so it just brings him down the squad and makes his chances of playing in this season half of the season limited.


“It’s just something that we’re not in a big rush to do, but because of the enquiries over a loan, I just wanted to make it clear that he’s not really a player that we’re overly keen on loaning.


“If someone is looking to buy him, or sees his qualities to buy, then that’s a different matter. We’ll see what January brings on that front.”

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