A takeover of Newcastle United is still on the cards with Singaporean-backed firm Bellagraph Nova pushing ahead.

The firm claim to be in regular contact with Mike Ashley ’s club as he looks to sell the Magpies.

Bellagraph Nova first bid for Newcastle back in August as they lodged a £280m offer.

That proposal came amid the £300m agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Private Investment Fund.

Protracted negotiations eventually led to that highly-publicised takeover bid collapsing.

Newcastle were closer than ever to parting ways with unpopular owner Ashley, but he is still looking for a buyer with the 2020/21 season underway.

Newcastle have been up for sale since 2017 and Mike Ashley is still looking for a buyer

And Bellagraph Nova co-founder Evangeline Shen has told the BBC her team are in consistent talks with Newcastle.

Ms Shen said: “Bidding for Newcastle is part of our strategy because it's a well-known football club but still has room to improve, and we believe that improvement is good for the club as well as for our brand.

"We started real planning for the club such as whom to hire as trainer and whom to sign for players.

Ms. Evangeline Shen is a co-founder and chairman of Bellagraph Nova Group

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"We are always in contact and we are still very aggressive on trying to close the deal.

"I can tell you our team just met Mike Ashley's representative last week on the process in Paris again."

Bellagraph Nova claims to have 23,000 employees and revenues for 2019 of $12bn (£9.3bn).

The firm are mired in controversy, though, having been criticised for inconsistencies about its assets.

Shen met former US President Barack Obama last December
Shen met former US President Barack Obama last December

They have also retracted press statements and came under fire for a photo-shopped picture of its three founders meeting former US President Barack Obama.

Ms Shen co-founded Bellagraph Nova with business partners and cousins Nelson Loh and Terence Loh, and all three of them are directors of the Paris-based group.

The group is a network of companies spread across consumer goods, luxury products and healthcare.

The BBC contacted Newcastle for comment on the latest proposed takeover bid but declined to comment.