Reports emerged last night that Newcastle United may be in line for another takeover saga, as Mexican group admit interest.
The Chronicle claim Orlegi Sports want a European club added to their portfolio, with the Magpies on their wish-list.
Today, of course, marks the 12th anniversary of Mike Ashley buying Sir John Hall’s shares, which was the catalyst to him wrestling control of the club.
It will sound like Groundhog Day for Toon fans. Rumours are regular news now – generally without substance – that the club is close to being sold.
From Amanda Staveley, to Peter Kenyon, interest has come and gone, without change.
So is this time any different?
According to the report, sources close to the group insist the interest is genuine.
Atlas FC has recently joined fellow Mexican clubs, Santos Laguna and Tampico, as clubs controlled by the Central American investors.
Fans do not need more false dawns
After all the disappointments of previous takeover bids, fans can rightly be sceptical of any alleged bids.
The report does state their are six other clubs on Orlegi’s radar, so it is not at an advanced stage yet.
No one knows if they are the group to have reached the ‘data-room stage’ as claimed previously by the Chronicle.
That article also said several groups maintained an interest in buying the club. It also stressed that any deal would be likely in the summer, during an unofficial “takeover window”.
The Mexicans were one of the parties name-checked as keeping an eye on the situation, so their name is not new.
Fans will be hoping there is real substance this time, and it is baffling to them why no one can see the potential of the club.
Time will tell, of course, but until any concrete news is confirmed, no one will be holding their breath.