Newcastle United owner makes Johnny Depp joke as actor celebrates libel win with Sam Fender in Newcastle

Jamie Reuben and co-owners might be interested in taking a new captain on board by the looks of it

Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben joked about recruiting Johnny Depp for the club as the actor was spotted in Newcastle.

Depp enjoyed a drink on the Quayside with Geordie star Sam Fender on Wednesday night.

Photos and videos of the celebs in the pub emerged online just minutes before Depp’s $15 million libel win over Amber Heard was announced.

The unbelievable images were rapidly shared online and fell onto the timeline of Newcastle owner Jamie Reuben.

The businessman wrote: “Can he play on the wing?”

Reuben also tagged fellow owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.

Ghodoussi wittily replied: “Heard he’s better on the plank.”

One fan replied: “Haway Jamie, you can’t pull the wool over our eyes, we need someone quicker than Jack Sparrow!”

Fender’s Instagram story with Depp (Image: Instagram @sam_fender)

Another said: “He’s more captain material Jamie.”

One other wrote: “He’s good in defence that’s for sure! So happy he’s won, gutted I’ve not gotten to see him in the flesh.”

The actor’s win in the libel case comes after Heard, his ex-wife, said she had been a victim of abuse.

The jury found that Heard’s statements about her marriage were “false” and she acted with “actual malice”.

The case took six weeks to play out and gripped the public throughout.

Depp’s appearance in Newcastle likely coincides with Jeff Beck, also drinking with Fender, who plays a show at the Sage Gateshead on Thursday, June 2.

Depp came on stage to perform alongside Beck at the Sheffield City Hall on Monday night.