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Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon is reported to be in talks with Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley over buying Newcastle. According to the BBC, Ashley was referring to the businessman when he said in an interview this week that negotiations were “at a more progressed stage than they have ever been”. Kenyon is said to be heading a consortium that includes US financial advisory firm Rockefeller Capital Management. The Sun said talks are some way from a decisive stage, with the £300million-plus required yet to be arranged.
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Declan Rice: West Ham’s 19-year-old defender is set to make a decision about his international future and whether he will play for Ireland or England, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Cengiz Under: Spurs reportedly ready to increase their £31million offer for the Roma forward, 21, Corriere dello Sport reports.