AFC Bournemouth and Scotland international winger Matt Ritchie could be set to step back down to the Championship with Newcastle United.
Following the sale of Cherries captain Tommy Elphick to recently relegated Aston Villa for £3.25million, Ritchie could also be set to make the step back into the second tier of English football.
Ritchie has been continually linked with moves away from Dean Court since last season.
Having impressed during numerous years on the south coast, including during his first season in the top flight following promotion with the Cherries in May 2015, Ritchie scored the Cherries goal of the season at home to Sunderland and also impressed on the international stage, winning the goal of the year award for Scotland.
Unfortunately as Scotland failed to qualify for the extended UEFA European Championships, he missed out on impressing at Euro 2016.
Instead Ritchie’s headlines have circulated around transfer rumours.
The Telegraph reported…
‘Ritchie is believed to have met with Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to hold talks with West Ham.
West Ham United have been linked with two possible approaches, the first was confirmed by AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe after the final game of the season against Manchester United, however the second earlier this month was yet to be confirmed.
But since then, Newcastle United have been linked with Ritchie, as The Sun reported that Newcastle United were lining up a £10million plus bid to replace the outgoing Andros Townsend.
The report stated…
‘Benitez and his sidekicks have decided Ritchie is the ideal replacement and hope their money can tempt him and the Cherries.
Sky Sports have now reported that Newcastle United ‘are in talks with Bournemouth over a deal for winger Matt Ritchie’.
The report added…
“Sky sources understand Bournemouth value Ritchie at between £10m and £12m. His current contract at the Vitality Stadium expires in 2018.
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