Lee Clark believes that Gareth Bale to Newcastle United is a go once the takeover is completed – and says that the county’s selection of golf courses could play a role.
The Magpies look set to be taken over by Saudi Public Investment Fund in a £300 million deal to buy out current owner Mike Ashley, though there’s been several delays as the Premier League conduct a thorough investigation.
As a result, Newcastle, whose potential owners are worth £260 million, are being linked to a number of big-name players and one of them is the Real Madrid attacker.
According to Spanish outlet Sport , the St James’s Park club are willing to pay £52 million for the 30-year-old, who earns in excess of £500,000 per week in the Spanish capital.
Bale is known to be a keen golfer, and former Newcastle player Clark believes that the range of courses in and around Tyneside, combined with the club’s potential wealth, means that the Wales international might just consider a shock move to the North East.
He told The Express Sport: “I think Gareth Bale, he’s from Britain and he knows the Premier League very well, he’d be the superstar name and financial Newcastle could match anything he’s looking for close to his Madrid financial package.
“He could be the one that would buy into a project like taking Newcastle from where they are to the elite of European football again.
“And he won’t be found wanting for golf course [in Newcastle] and there will be lots of people willing to play with him as well.”