Remember our old pal, Mr Fixit…
Mr Keith Harris. Well, this caught old Ferret's eye today.
News that courtesy of our Keith's well-thumbed contacts' book Newcastle United now have seven interested parties.
All batting in and around the �300 mill mark for Mike Ashley's poisonous baby – with a deal due to be completed with one, oh-so lucky punter by the end of the month.
For the other six that don't come to own a slice of Joey Barton's ass, then who knows what the boy Keith might have up his sleeve by way of 'compensation'.
'Tell you what,' he'll say, 'Got this little club in a place called Norwich; one, careful lady owner… yours for �50 mill…'
The other point being that the suitors are foreign; Harris' contacts are abroad.
“I think it is certainly likely that the next owner of Newcastle will come away from these shores,” Harris was quoted as saying by The Guardian today.
And, no, they weren't from South Africa as some had claimed.
“Whether it is the Middle East is another matter,” he added. “But it is a reasonable assumption to say the new owner will not be from Britain. We have had now, for seven or eight days, seven interested parties.
“They are not from these shores, and that is not surprising. Within that group, we have taken the chance to start honing down the list � so far nobody has dropped out.”
There's a list of people out there looking to buy an English Premier League club; whether news of Charlton's impending sale to the Dubai boys will likewise have them poking their noses into the Championship is the interesting point.
A very interesting point.