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Reuben brothers reaffirm intentions to invest in Newcastle after Saudi-backed bid collapsed

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The Reuben brothers have reiterated their desire to remain part of a Newcastle takeover after the proposals put forward by a Saudi consortium collapsed last week.

David and Simon Reuben have finally broken their silence after the £300million deal sensationally fell through following weeks of extensive scrutiny from the Premier League.

Both were set to take a 10 per cent share of the club alongside the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) and PCP Capital Partners, spearheaded by businesswoman Amanda Staveley.

The Reuben brothers have reiterated their desire to remain part of the Newcastle takeover

The Reuben brothers have reiterated their desire to remain part of the Newcastle takeover

The Reuben brothers have reiterated their desire to remain part of the Newcastle takeover

Both were set to take a 10 per cent share of the club before the Saudi-led deal had collapsed

Both were set to take a 10 per cent share of the club before the Saudi-led deal had collapsed

Both were set to take a 10 per cent share of the club before the Saudi-led deal had collapsed

But all three parties formally withdrew from discussions after the PIF became frustrated with the lack of progress over the Owners and Directors tests carried out before any top-flight takeover. 

The deal was agreed with Mike Ashley in April but struck the roadblock after concerns surrounding privacy and human rights complaints in the Gulf state, leaving the controversial entrepreneur without a buyer.  

Recent indications from those involved with the consortium have revealed their wish to haul negotiations back on track, with the Reuben brothers now confirming they too would want to take part.

PIF, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were part of the takeover consortium

PIF, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were part of the takeover consortium

PIF, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were part of the takeover consortium

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley spearheaded the deal and was devastated with its failure

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley spearheaded the deal and was devastated with its failure

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley spearheaded the deal and was devastated with its failure

They confirmed their desire for talks with the Premier League to resume in a statement released to Sky Sports News via Martin Cruddance, chief executive of the Reuben brothers-owned Arena Racing Company.

Cruddance said: ‘As owners of Gosforth Park and Newcastle racecourse Arena Racing Company is very disappointed to learn that the bid to takeover Newcastle Football Club has been withdrawn.

‘Given our shareholders – the Reuben brothers – were to be an integral part of the deal we had many plans for our venues and sport in the North East.

‘We were planning on creating one of the premier sporting hubs in the UK, undertaking development work that is vital for the region and enjoying valuable synergies with the Football Club. We continue to hope that those exciting plans are not in vain.

Owner Mike Ashley (L) and club chief Lee Charnley have raised hopes the deal will be revived

Owner Mike Ashley (L) and club chief Lee Charnley have raised hopes the deal will be revived

Owner Mike Ashley (L) and club chief Lee Charnley have raised hopes the deal will be revived

Staveley admitted that the investors would also have pumped money into the North-East city

Staveley admitted that the investors would also have pumped money into the North-East city

Staveley admitted that the investors would also have pumped money into the North-East city

‘We would welcome any resurrection of talks and progress with the Premier League and are aware that the Reuben brothers remain totally supportive of the deal should there be a way forward.’

The ventures alluded to in the Reuben brothers’ statement appear to align with Staveley’s future vision for the city. The 47-year-old, who was also involved in the sale of Manchester City to Sheikh Mansour in 2008, revealed her grand plans to invest in the local area and housing to The Athletic.

Ashley has since confirmed he remains ‘100 per cent committed’ to selling the North-East club to the Saudi consortium despite the collapse.

His comments were also echoed by managing director Lee Charnley, who hinted to Newcastle fans desperate for a change of ownership to ‘never say never’. 

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Matt Wolff on the prowl with records set to tumble as American tames Winged Foot in US Open

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All sort of historical records have moved into view following a stunning 65 from American Matt Wolff that earned him a two-shot lead after an exciting third round at the 120th US Open.

The 21-year-old Californian, who turned professional on the same day 15 months ago as US PGA champion Collin Morikawa, is in position to become the youngest winner of a major since Tiger Woods claimed the Masters at Augusta in 1997.

He could also be first man to win the US Open on his debut since Francis Ouimet stepped out of his caddie’s clothes and shocked the Old World stars Harry Vardon and Ted Ray to claim the title in Boston in 1913. Spookily, that was also the last time the event was held in September.

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

Matt Wolff hit a stunning 65 to earn him a three-shot lead ahead of the US Open final round

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

The 21-year-old is on the verge of breaking a host of records if he can secure a major win

There’s more. If Wolff were to follow in the footsteps of 23-year-old Morikawa and win, it would be the first time since Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen claimed the US Open and US PGA respectively in 1923 that two majors were won in the same year by players so young.

Naturally, there’s plenty that needs to go right in the final round on Sunday before the stats nerds have their day and the golf world shifts on its axis. Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will start alongside Wolff in the final pairing at only two behind. It will be some slug-fest.

Sweet-swinging Louis Oosthuizen is like a golfer from another age, but he is only four behind after a 68, while Xander Schauffele (70), Harris English (72) and Hideki Matsuyama (70), three more players looking for their first major, are five back. Surprisingly, halfway leader Patrick Reed fell away badly with a 77.

Then there’s Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has never received enough credit for his resilience and here was another classic example to continue the rollercoaster theme of his week.

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

Rory McIlroy showed resilience as he bounced back with a 68 to keep him in touch

After following his opening 67 with a 76, McIlroy bounced back into credit with a two under par 68 that left him six shots off the lead and pleased with his day’s work.

‘It was a really good round of golf,’ said the 31-year-old. ‘I executed my game plan well.

‘The idea was to hang on early over the difficult opening stretch and then make a score in the mid-dle. I feel like it’s put me right in it.’

It’s hard to imagine there will be a passage of play close to the majesty of Wolff’s incredible front nine completed in just 30 strokes.

‘Wow, that’s just amazing, I didn’t see anyone shooting close to that for the outward half,’ said an impressed McIlroy.

Last month, on his major championship debut, Wolff’s tied fourth place finish was overshadowed by the victory claimed by his friendly rival from their amateur days.

On Thursday, Wolff achieved a unique landmark, becoming the first man in major championship history to start his career with five scores in the 60s.

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

The 21-year-old could become the youngest player to win a major since Tiger Woods in 1997

Here Wolff, with his unique trigger motion to start his back-swing, responded to the temerity of the sequence being broken with a 74 on Friday with five birdies over the outward half.

The stats said he hit just two out of 14 fairways on the day, but that’s a travesty.

On at least a half-dozen he finished in the semi-rough, and his iron shots were quite magnificent. Adding to the sense of wonder, Wolff actually missed two putts inside 12ft on that front nine as well.

Not surprisingly, the back nine was more prosaic and there were a few nervous swings on the home stretch, but Wolff, who won his third event as a pro last year by holing a 25ft putt to defeat Morikawa, re-mains in position.

A good omen is the last four players aged 24 or younger who led the US Open after 54 holes — Ernie Els, Tiger, Rory, and Jordan Spieth — all went on to win.

There was a third amateur who turned pro on the same day as Wolff and Morikawa. Norwegian Viktor Hovland finished as the leading amateur at the US Open last year — as well as the Masters — and is tied 10th at Winged Foot following a 70.

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Bryson DeChambeau struggled for most of the day but ended with a 70 and will contest Wolff

Are we on the cusp of welcoming a Big Three for the modern era?

Only three of the 13 Englishmen playing on Thursday made the halfway cut and none will begin the final round in the top 20.

Considering he’s playing his first event in America since March and is now 47 years old, Lee Westwood is turning in a commendable show.

He shot 72 to be on the same score as Paul Casey, who had a remarkable 69, recovering from being five over par after seven to post six birdies thereafter.

The par are tied 21st while Matt Wallace shot 73 and is tied 34th.

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Chelsea have agreed the £26million signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes after finally reaching agreement on a payment structure. 

The 28-year-old had been allowed to undergo part of his medical a week ago after believing a deal was in place only to be called back when they failed to agree on a final fee. 

The deal is understood to be £22m plus add-ons with Mendy signing a five year contract. 

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Chelsea have agreed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes for £26million

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Frank Lampard has been looking for a replacement for the much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga

Rennes had asked for players on loan in negotiations, notably defender Fikayo Tomori but he is expected to join Everton. 

Mendy said his farewells to teammates on Friday after playing 34 games for the club. 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has wanted a new goalkeeper to usurp much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga as his No 1. 

Mendy is set to become the seventh signing in an extraordinary summer of spending for Chelsea, which is set to top £250million. 

Chelsea full-back Davide Zappacosta has finalised his loan to Genoa. The right-back has been at Stamford Bridge since 2017, but went on loan to Roma last season.

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

Chelsea have spent yet more money on their summer transfer window spending spree

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Souness praises Arsenal’s attackers but says the rest of the team were average in West Ham win

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Graeme Souness praised Arsenal‘s front-line after their victory against West Ham, but warned the Gunners the rest of the team could cost them this season.

Mikel Arteta’s side worked hard to snatch a 2-1 victory thanks to a late goal from Eddie Nketiah. 

However it was a tough game for the Arsenal who were outperformed by the Hammers during spells of the game.

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal's fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Graeme Souness has praised Arsenal’s fire-power up front following their West Ham victory

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Souness though holds concerns about the rest of the team which he feels may hold them back

Following the game, Sky Sports pundit Souness warned that Arsenal’s team behind their front-three could dampen their chances of success this season.

He said:  ‘Arsenal got away with one tonight. I think it showed that Arsenal have got genuine creativity and real fire-power up front. 

‘I thought the rest of the team looked average and that might cost them as the season goes on. 

‘But when you’ve got special creative players and players that can finish them chances, that’s what the difference was tonight. 

‘At the top end Arsenal are very good, rest of it not so sure but we’ll find that out over the next nine months.’

With their victory, Arsenal have started the season with two wins out of two and sit second in the table behind Everton on goal difference.

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

West Ham outplayed Arsenal despite their defeat and would feel hard done by from the loss

Arsenal have improved massively since Arteta was appointed manager.

Souness said: ‘Arsenal were in a pretty sorry state when Arteta joined,  but they are playing with a bit of swagger right now and tails are up. 

‘They’ll watch the game back and realise they got away with it and were lucky. West Ham were spirited tonight, Arsenal were average but they’ve got these special players up front and West Ham will be feeling hard done by.’

Souness added that Arsenal will have to improve their levels of performance if they are to take a result at Anfield against champions Liverpool next weekend.

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