Liverpool's American owners have refuted claims they turned down a £1.5bn bid to buy the club from a consortium led by businesswoman Amanda Staveley. PCP Capital Partners Group, fronted by Yorkshire-born Staveley, have been heavily linked with a takeover at Newcastle in recent weeks, but reports state that is only after they were rebuffed by Anfield chiefs beforehand. Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says that is not the case though, telling the Liverpool Echo: 'We have better things to do than batting down rumours about negotiations with Ms Staveley. 'However, there's no truth to them.' A report in Dubai from English-speaking newspaper The National wrote that Staveley and Co were deep in discussions with Liverpool's Fenway Sports Group for over a year, before the club pulled out 'at the eleventh hour'. FSG were reportedly said to be confident of sealing a better price for the club in the future, given the huge economic growth of the Premier League.