Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TOON TARGET A DUBAI DEAL; Mike's Man Harris Back in Middle East

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TOON TARGET A DUBAI DEAL; Mike's Man Harris Back in Middle East

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Byline: NEIL FARRINGTON

MIKE ASHLEY is once again hawking Newcastle United around Dubai as he bids to drum up more Arab interest in a Toon takeover.

The Chronicle has learned that Keith Harris, the man Ashley hopes will find a buyer for United, is in Dubai talking to would-be investors.

It is understood that Harris, chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce, is revisiting Gulf business magnates who Ashley approached personally during a trip to Dubai last September.

Having reputedly demanded pounds 400mplus for the club back then, Ashley would now readily accept a quarter of that figure.

But despite that - and while talk persists of rival interest in United from neighbouring Oman - Harris may struggle once again to find takers for the newly-relegated Magpies.

Everton top the list of Premier League clubs seen as a sound potential purchase in Dubai, with Tottenham also attracting interest and actively looking for investment in the Middle East. …

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