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Ashley Talking To Seven Interested Parties About Newcastle Sale
Published October 14, 2008
|Newcastle Owner Reportedly
In Talks With Seven Interested Buyers
HAM IT UP: In Manchester, Matt Scott reports EPL club West Ham United yesterday was the "subject of a takeover approach by Dubai's sovereign-wealth fund Zabeel Investments," the company controlled by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum that last Friday declared its interest in English Coca-Cola Championship League club Charlton Athletic "in the form of an 'indicative bid.'" But the approach to West Ham was "far more discreetly conducted" than the Charlton bid. West Ham sources confirmed that "contact was made but insist there are 'no talks' after" Owner Björgólfur Guðmundsson "rejected the offer." But Scott notes it is "believed that talks are continuing with Guðmundsson on a personal level" (Manchester GUARDIAN, 10/14).
HANGING AROUND: EPL club Arsenal co-Owner Alisher Usmanov, who owns the largest stake in the club at 24.9%, last night said that he has "no intention of selling his stake in Arsenal despite the global economic crisis." Usmanov said that it "was 'inconceivable' that he would sell" his stake, and he "declared he wanted to increase his stake to 25% -- an 'objective' that he said he announced last year" (Manchester GUARDIAN, 10/14).