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Zuckerberg to bid for Newcastle?

18th Oct 17 10:02 am

Here’s what Paddy Power says

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is keen to sell the Premier League club before Christmas – with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a surprise contender to takeover.

The mutli-billionaire investor is known to be monitoring the Premier League – a notorious cash cow – and Ashley’s sudden urgency to relinquish control at St James’ Park could prompt a bid from the American.

Paddy Power make him the 14/1 third-favourite to become the next majority owner of Rafa Benitez’s men.

He’s behind only Robert Kraft (11/1) – who would be going from New England to Newcastle, as owner of NFL side Patritots – and Mikhail Prokhorov (also 11/1), a Russian politician.

US restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta ( 17/1) follows Zuckerberg in the betting, as do Donald Trump (60/1) and Richard Branson (90/1).

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Mike Ashley declaring that he intends to sell Newcastle was met by relief from their fans – and they’d surely like a Facebook bid.

“After all, their club is perfectly set up for the ‘On This Day’ feature – with their biggest successes consigned to history.

“It’d certainly give rival fans an excuse to say that the Magpies Zuck.”

11/1    Robert Kraft
11/1    Mikhail Prokhorov
14/1    Mark Zuckerberg
17/1    Tilman Fertitta
33/1   Mark Cuban
60/1   Donald Trump
60/1   Rupert Murdoch
90/1   Richard Branson
275/1 Elon Musk

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