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Newcastle United players know nothing about the club's prospective takeover because 'the last thing clubs want are any distractions' but Rob Elliot admits 'our futures could change drastically if new owners come in'.

The bid put together by Amanda Staveley, and backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and the Reuben Brothers, is currently in the hands of the Premier League, who have been conducting their owners' and directors' test.

There is no formal guidance on how long that test takes, particularly in lockdown and after a number of objections have been raised, and Newcastle fans have eagerly been awaiting a verdict.

The players, who returned to training at Benton in small groups with social distancing this week, are none the wiser as Elliot reiterated in an Instagram live Q&A with The One Glove.

"I've had this question so many times. I'm really sorry guys but we literally don't hear anything," the goalkeeper said. "That's not a cop out or anything like that. It's just because as players you are there to play football and the last thing clubs wants are any distractions.

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"Our futures could change drastically if new owners come in. When new managers come in, it's the same thing. I would love to be able to tell people something but I don't know, myself. Ninety per cent of the time, we find out from Sky Sports News like everyone else.

"The guy at the training ground who does all the transfers will turn up one day in the off season and say, 'Oh, we've signed someone'. 'Who is it?' and then he will be like, 'It's on Sky News' and then you will be like, 'Brilliant!' and they walk in the building five minutes later. Somehow, the news outlets get everything before us so no joy on that one I'm afraid."

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