NEWCASTLE OWNER Mike Ashley revealed he is in talks to sell the club with the hope it can be done before the January transfer window.
Ashley spoke to Sky News and explained that it is possible a deal can be finalised in the coming weeks as he seeks "the right buyer".
PA:Press Association4 Ashley has owned Newcastle since 2007
Before Newcastle’s 2-0 home defeat to West Ham on Saturday, they had won their last three games – and Ashley cited the good form could help with the sale of the club.
He said: "I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans, for the club, for everybody, that I will be able to step aside and we will be able to get an owner in that will please everybody.
"I'd like it to be before the January transfer window.
"Hopefully we can carry on the good form – just recent good form – and we can get the deal done.
"Talks are at a more progressed stage than they've ever been."
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