The Newcastle United takeover saga continues to drag on with the deal bogged down in the legal complexities of the Premier League's Owners and Directors test.
United's would-be owners continue to speak optimistically of the deal getting the green light soon - but it's understood dialogue with the Premier League is continuing.
With the process a confidential one, there is no date or time on a resolution. But the issue continues to dominate the United agenda, even with Paul Dummett talking confidently about being ready for a resumption of Premier League action and Newcastle in full contact training ready for a June 16 return against Sheffield United.
Our latest podcast tackled the takeover issue, with guest Luke Edwards of the Telegraph predicting that the takeover will eventually be passed.
"It isn't just about Newcastle, it's about the Premier League," Edwards said.
"It all comes back to the piracy issue now and it's very complicated. The Premier League are in a very difficult place.
"My gut feeling is that eventually it will passed but I'm probably reducing myself to 50/50. I think it's a 50/50 call."
The Newcastle takeover 'may not be resolved for some time'
A new report in the Independent details the issue that is now dominating the takeover decision: piracy and whether the Saudi Public Investment Fund can be tied to the BeoutQ channel which has been pirating a feed of Premier League football.
Reporter Miguel Delaney asserts that the issue may still be some way away from being resolved.
"The problem would be if the takeover is then sanctioned. Many would see it as also sanctioning the state responsible for piracy. That decision – expected mid-June – is why this takeover is still unlikely to be settled for some time. The process continues to unsettle many," he writes.
Inside the Matty Longstaff contract situation
Matty Longstaff is a target for Udinese after contract talks with Newcastle broke down.
The Serie A club have offered £30,000 a week while an improved offer of around £20,000 a week has been turned down.
Lee Ryder laid out the facts in an in-depth piece.
"Ashley has slipped off the radar in recent weeks and is refusing to sign off any big spending plans amid takeover talk," he writes.
The NUST letter accuses Newcastle of a dereliction of duty
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust have continued to press the club on the issue of season tickets.
The club are yet to respond on calls to refund the season ticket money for games that will be played behind-closed-doors. And the club continue to take money for the 2020/21 campaign.
In a searing letter, the NUST wrote: "We understand the club finds its self in a complex situation in light of the prospective sale of the club by the incumbent owner.
"That does not give you a legitimate right to a dereliction of duty to your supporters. Without supporters, Newcastle United does not exist."