US investor refused to buy Newcastle ‘because he did not like Magpies nickname’, reveals Vinnie Jones

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AN AMERICAN investor keen on buying Newcastle pulled the plug on a bid – because of the club’s nickname.

According to Vinnie Jones, the potential buyer knew nothing about the St James’ Park side and dropped out when he heard their nickname was the Magpies.

Vinnie Jones has revealed a US investor was put off buying Newcastle because of the nickname
Vinnie Jones has revealed a US investor was put off buying Newcastle because of the nickname
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St James' Park has been home of Newcastle - whose nickname is the Magpies - since the 1890s
St James’ Park has been home of Newcastle – whose nickname is the Magpies – since the 1890s
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Reports this week suggested Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani may be forced to sell the Elland Road club should they fail to win promotion this season.

That led Jones to recall a chance meeting with the investor last week.

Speaking to talkSPORT about Radrizzani selling up, the midfielder-turn-actor said: “I don’t think that would be the case.

“But if it was, I was speaking to somebody at the golf club last week and they had an offer to go in on a consortium with Newcastle.

A keen golfer, Jones bumped into a potential investor on the course last week
A keen golfer, Jones bumped into a potential investor on the course last week
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Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale but no one has matched his £300million valuation
Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale but no one has matched his £300million valuation
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“This American lad considered doing it, he didn’t know anything about it, but then he said, ‘What put me off was their name – The Magpies.’”

Newcastle fans are desperate for owner Mike Ashley to get out of Newcastle.

And while Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale, he is demanding £300million.

Peter Kenyon was part of a consortium that attempted a move at the end of last year but they were £100m short of Ashley’s asking price.

A group of Toon supporters protest against Mike Ashley at St James' Park this season
A group of Toon supporters protest against Mike Ashley at St James’ Park this season
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Reports this week suggested Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani would sell the Elland Road club if they failed to gain promotion
Reports this week suggested Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani would sell the Elland Road club if they failed to gain promotion
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So Jones gave a sales pitch for his former club Leeds in case the controversial Italian is ready to leave – although he did deny the reports.

The Crazy Gang member added: “I said, ‘I’ll tell you what mate, I’ll tell you a club – Leeds United is what you want to buy if you have an interest in something that can go through the roof.’

“It’s a phenomenal place, they’re getting 30,000 supporters every week, which they did when I was there.

“When they’re pushing and successful, that city is absolutely alive and buzzing. It’s one of the best places in the country to live.”

Jones played for Leeds for the 1989/90 season before moving to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United
Jones played for Leeds for the 1989/90 season before moving to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United
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