Newcastle United's imminent takeover is still exactly that - imminent.

Mike Ashley has accepted a bid believed to be in the region of £300m for the club from the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium led by Amanda Staveley.

It’s understood the finalisation of the takeover is subject to Premier League ratification.

However, that has been the case for some time now, although it must be stressed that Premier League officials have plenty on their plate in the current climate with the implications of Covid-19.

According to The Times, British Parliament is likely to get involved in the ratification process, with a report in the newspaper claiming ‘the chairman of the UK Parliamentary Football Club, Conservative MP Karl McCartney, will ask the Government to block the pending takeover, while the Liberal Democrats will also call for the same step to be taken.’

The report goes on to suggest that the Government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee will hold an evidence session regarding the proposed acquisition.