US billionaire Robert Kraft linked with Newcastle takeover after admitting Premier League 'intrigue'

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, with US president Donald Trump
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, with US president Donald Trump
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Billionaire Robert Kraft has been linked with Newcastle United after admitting he is 'intrigued' by the idea of buying a Premier League club.

Kraft – whose family own NFL team the New England Patriots and Major League Soccer club New England Revolution – was linked with a move for Liverpool in 2005.

Worth more than £3billion, the businessman is believed to still be keen on buying a team in England, amid reports that Mike Ashley is looking to sell Newcastle.

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And the 76-year-old has spoken to BBC Sport about his interest in Premier League football.

"We helped found MLS in America," said Kraft. "Our league here is starting to really develop, and with our soccer team we've gone to the championship game five times in 21 years.

"I'm just concerned in the Premier League that we might not, with all the different ways of operating, we're not as familiar with all of them.

"Let's say people from all over the world come in and buy teams and maybe they have different reasons for doing it and managing it.

"And you have to compete with that and I'm not sure. But I'm still intrigued."