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Newcastle United have been left in an awkward position as they look to bring Hirving Lozano to St James’ Park with AreaNapoli claiming that the Magpies will have to wait until that Saudi takeover finally goes through.

From the outside looking in, it seems as if Mohammed Bin Salman is making decent progress in his desire to turn English football’s biggest underachievers into one of the richest clubs on planet earth.

But we’ve heard all this before of course.

And, as soon as it looks like Mike Ashley has one foot out of the door, Newcastle clatter headfirst into a brick wall, a hurdle and endless metaphorical red tape.

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Magpies fans everywhere were dreaming of Edinson Cavani, Adrien Rabiot, Kalidou Koulibaly and co donning those black and white stripes not so long ago.

Until Bin Salman is sat in Ashley’s chair, however, Newcastle’s ambitious transfer plans will be put on hold.

And that means a potential deal for Lozano will have to be put on the backburner for now.

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AreaNapoli claimed a few weeks ago that Newcastle had reached out to the Mexican international’s agent, Mino Raiola, with the £34 million forward toiling during a miserable debut season at the Stadio San Paolo.

The same publication returns to the story today and it seems that they have rather mixed news.

On one hand, Newcastle cannot afford Lozano as long as Ashley is still holding onto the pursestrings with a vice-like grip.

On the other, Napoli may be tempted to let the former PSV talisman leave on loan for the season – meaning the Magpies could afford him regardless of who is bankrolling things from above.

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