Newcastle Utd news – Campbell set for start, Indian takeover on? Ben Arfa latest

Campbell set for start.

Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell could be set for his first game for the Magpies since December according to Goal.com.

The veteran centre-back last played for the Toon in their impressive victory over Liverpool in December which was Alan Pardew’s first game in charge.

Since then Campbell has lost his place in the side with Fabricio Collocini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor all being preferred.

Now Pardew has hinted that there is “a good chance” of the former England International returning due to the fact that his renowned aerial ability could prove very useful against a tall Stoke City side on Saturday.

Indian takeover on?

Newcastle United could be on the verge of a takeover by Indian billionaires according to The Mirror.

It is reported that anonymous delegates from the unknown billionaire have already visited St James’s Park with a view to purchasing the club once Newcastle confirm their Premier League status.

One of Asia’s richest men Anil Ambani head of the large Reliance ADA Group is also reported to be interested after apparently toying with the idea in 2008 before the Toon were relegated.

It is also unknown whether Owner Mike Ashley would be as willing to sell as he was a couple of years ago as Newcastle are currently holding a solid mid-table Premier League position with a much smaller wage bill than in past seasons due to offloading some of the higher paid stars after relegation.

Ben Arfa latest.

Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew has made it clear that hopes of Hatem Ben Arfa being back before the end of the season are highly unrealistic and premature according to the BBC.

The 24-year-old broke his leg in October during a defeat to Manchester City after joining in January in a permanent move from Marseille.

Ben Arfa has undergone a successful operation on his broken Tibula and Fibulain October after just four appearances and one wonder-goal for the Toon.

“He’s still some way off, the most important thing is that Hatem is 100% when he plays,” Pardew told BBC Newcastle.

“I think that’s going to be late April, early May, if then.”

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