Report: Sheffield United hold talks with foreign investors; Mike Ashley currently watching on with interest
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Report: Sheffield United hold talks with foreign investors; Mike Ashley currently watching on with interest

Sheffield United are suddenly back in the limelight after reports emerged yesterday suggesting a takeover of the club could be closer than many imagined.

The Sheffield Star’s Alan Biggs reported how interest from the USA, as well as former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, was potentially on the table. Ashley is currently looking to get back into football having sold Newcastle for over £300m recently.

However, a new report from Yorkshire Live today claims that Ashley is currently undertaking a watching brief. And that’s because, according to their report, United have already held detailed talks with American investors and there was confidence a deal could be done. Of course, nothing has got over the line as yet.

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Yorkshire Live reports how Prince Abdullah could welcome Ashley’s interest. It could mean that the potential American investors are forced to act quicker, and ultimately, that plays into the United owner’s hands.

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Prince Abdullah has spoken before of the need to source further investment in the club. It’s well known that he doesn’t have the cash flow to go all out and back United in the transfer market, while off-field plans have also been shelved thanks to relegation.

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Everyone will have their own opinion on things ownership related. Some like the Prince, others want him gone. It’s a well known divisive subject at the club.

Likewise, there is scepticism about American owners, who have a mixed record in England. Mike Ashley, meanwhile, has well documented negativity from Newcastle United.

In a nutshell, whoever takes over Sheffield United will have pros and cons. Ultimately, it’s down to the board to decide who they think can take the club forward safely. The Blades do need an injection of money from somewhere, it’s just a case of who is best suited.

Hopefully, this doesn’t dominate the summer and impact any transfer plans Paul Heckingbottom is making.

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