Welcome to our Newcastle United live blog for Monday, April 6.

Sunday reports claimed Newcastle are close to new owners - with the PIF group, a 'step closer' to completion.

Mark Douglas writes it is the best chance of a takeover on Tyneside for a decade - but caution remains on whether a deal can be completed.

Fresh claims emerged on Friday with Italian journalist Fabio Santini reporting Max Allegri could be the new Magpies' boss if PIF complete their takeover, and has even picked Mauro Icardi as his first signing.

The Premier League has taken the decision to suspend the competition indefinitely amid the outbreak of coronavirus.

The original postponement had seen the Magpies due to return to action at Bournemouth on April 4.

However, the decision was taken on Friday to suspend the competition indefinitely.

We'll be bringing you all the latest on this throughout the day.

Pundit's damning Andy Carroll verdict

Former England defender Danny Mills has asked 'what is the point in having him around?' when asked about Andy Carroll's NUFC future and has tipped him to move to MLS or even retire at the end of this season.

He told Football Insider:

“It is very unlikely. He has not been fit enough this season. What is the point in having him around? He has hardly been available, let alone been on the pitch.

“It is one person that they do not need. He will be on a basic wage, it will not be just a pay-as-you-play. You may as well spend that on somebody else.

“Carroll may have to look somewhere like the MLS because he is just not fit enough. As great as he can be, his body is not up to it right now. He may even think about retirement but only Andy Carroll will know that.”

Danny Mills (Image: 2014 Getty Images)

Takeover latest

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Here’s the latest as we understand it on the NUFC takeover:

Amanda Staveley and her representatives have begun sounding out potential candidates for roles in a new Newcastle United regime, the Notebook understands.

There is bullishness on the buying side that a deal can be done as talks continue between the two sides.

Paperwork has been put into the Premier League but lawyers for the top flight aren’t yet working through owner’s and directors tests and no-one from the top flight has met any of the potential new ownership team – which would be a complicated and complex process given there are several investors in the proposed Staveley consortium.

A note of caution has been expressed on the selling side this week, with insistences that no price has been agreed and no funds paid yet. Another message emerging is that there will be no knockdown price because of the coronavirus crunch.

Full story.

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