One of Britain’s wealthiest women is in talks to buy Premier League club Newcastle United, according to The Times.
Amanda Staveley, a Middle Eastern financier, attended Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, sparking speculation that she is planning a takeover bid.
The Times said Staveley spoke to Newcastle officials after the match and both parties are interested in talking further.
Staveley, an ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew and a former model, runs wealth management firm PCP Capital Partners. Her net worth is £110 million ($US146 million), according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
PCP’s typical clientele includes Middle Eastern royal families and wealthy businessmen. It’s not clear if Staveley is planning to broker a deal or buy Newcastle herself.
It is not her first foray into football. Staveley assisted Sheikh Mansour in his takeover of Manchester City in 2008. She has also twice bid for Liverpool.
Staveley is yet to have formal discussions with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley but has already met managing director Lee Charnley in the club boardroom, The Times said. Newcastle United could be bought for as little as £380 million, the newspaper added.
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