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Ashley says Newcastle could be sold before January window

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley applauds prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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NEWCASTLE, England (AP) Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says talks about selling the Premier League club “are at a more progressed stage than they have ever been.”

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Ashley, who bought Newcastle in 2007, has officially been looking to sell the club since October 2017.

Speaking to Sky News on Monday, Ashley said it was “possible” a sale could be completed “before the January transfer window,” although he wasn’t in exclusive negotiations with an interested party.

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Ashley said “I am hopeful for the Newcastle fans, for the club, for everyone, so I will be able to step aside and we can get an owner in that will please everybody.”

Newcastle fans have been protesting about Ashley’s ownership in recent months.