Nigerian Businessman Interested in Buying Newcastle United. No, This is Not a Scam
A group of businessmen from Nigeria--the African nation known for its army of e-mailers offering to make you rich for a small fee--is interested in buying Newcastle United of the English Premier League.
Chris Nathaniel, the chief executive of NVA Management, whose company is handling the deal, said he is hopeful of making Nigeria the first African country to own a Premier League club. "I have been working hard to get wealthy and football-loving Nigerian entrepreneurs to buy the club since Mike Ashley indicated his willingness to sell to the person, people or entrepreneurs who can meet the £400m selling price of the club," he said.
"I am happy to tell you that well-meaning Nigerians have responded and the consortium of Nigerian entrepreneurs has so far contributed £350m to buy the club. Ashley has stood his ground that he won't sell the club until the money is raised to the asking price of £400m ... we need to raise another £50m or £100m to shut the door behind the top Arab companies who are also interested in the club. The Arab companies have also indicated interest and made offers — but they haven't met the asking price."