Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan would be 'very surprised' if the Premier League were able to block the Saudi-led takeover of Newcastle United.
We are now in to the seventh week since PCP Capital Partners' takeover bid for the club reached the Premier League's Owners and Directors' Test stage.
The bid, spearheaded by financier Amanda Staveley and also involving the Reuben brothers, Simon and David, is backed by the mega-rich Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and is now awaiting the green light from Premier League chiefs.
The amount of challenges the bid represents - from Saudi Arabia's human rights record to the issues surrounding their alleged complicity in the piracy of Premier League coverage in the Middle East - has provided the Premier League with complications and is why a decision over whether they are 'fit and proper' to run a Premier League club has taken so long.
However, Jordan, who has owned a Premier League club in the past, feels the bid to take over Newcastle won't be blocked and merely believes the Premier League will use this takeover as 'leverage' to 'rein in' the alleged piracy breaches.
"The blockage is one of, initially, moral outrage and the second one is the challenge around piracy and how the Saudi Arabian regime - according to the World Trade Organisation - appears to be funding a piracy model that is hijacking content and publishing it in a fashion that is out of keeping with the Premier League itself," Jordan told TalkSPORT.
"The Premier League sells its output to a company called beIN. BeIN's output is essentially being nicked by a company called beoutQ.
"I just feel the Premier League will use it as leverage to try and get some reining in of that but I just feel I would be very, very, very surprised if they block this and are able to block it.
"There are other people that own football clubs that one could question the veracity or the efficacy of their ownership and I think this is going to be a very difficult situation.
"If the Premier League blocks this move, it is effectively saying that owners only to their approval - irrespective of the conditionality and you'll move the bar and move the bar - and then you will have the argument, raging in Newcastle more than anywhere else, that this only retains the status quo for those that it suits.
"I would be very surprised if it is blocked."