The self-made billionaire is believed to be interested in taking over the Knights.
English billionaire Marwan Koukash has been linked to a takeover of struggling NRL club Newcastle Knights.
Koukash took over the Super League club Salford City Red Devils and saved it from financial strife in 2013, and he reportedly now wants to do the same with the Newcastle Knights following Nathan Tinkler’s exit in May.
Former Knights premiership winner Matthew Johns told Triple M radio on Wednesday that the Palestinian-born self-made billionaire wanted to extend his portfolio to the NRL.
“Dr Koukash is obviously a big NRL fan and his goal is to own and NRL team,” Johns said.
In fact, he is absolutely desperate to buy the Newcastle Knights and is about to begin the process to be able to take ownership.
“Now the question is, can the people of Newcastle and the NRL trust another billionaire private owner.”
There is speculation whether Koukash would be a good fit for Newcastle after the recent issues with Nathan Tinkler.
The NRL took over ownership of the Knights in June after Tinkler was not able to extend a $10.52 million bank guarantee.
At current, the NRL owns 80 per cent of the club, whilst the Members Club owning the minority 20 per cent.