Newcastle United have joined West Ham United in the chase to sign AFC Bournemouth and Scotland winger Matt Ritchie.
Ritchie enjoyed the step up to the Premier League 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.
A little under two weeks ago it was reported that West Ham United had approached AFC Bournemouth for a second time in their quest to sign Cherries winger Matt Ritchie.
AFC Bournemouth rejected a double offer for duo Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie from West Ham United prior to the final game of the season against Manchester United.
Following the game against Manchester United, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed the bids had come in and voiced his frustration at the timing of the bids.
He told the media at the press conference following the defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford…
‘The disappointing thing from my perspective is why the bid has come the day before a game.
‘You have the whole season to bid for players. I don’t understand that. They were two players who were due to play and there’s a lot of speculation surrounding their futures. That was bizarre.’
‘It was rejected. We don’t need to sell, We’ve got a really ambitious owner. We want to improve our squad.
West Ham had not returned with a second offer for either player, but the Telegraph reported earlier this month that an enquiry was made, with a second offer of ‘an initial £8 million, rising to a possible £10 million after instalments’ set to be made despite the West Ham United being ‘warned not to make another bid’ by the Cherries.
The Telegraph believe West Ham United are confident that they can conclude a deal as…
‘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.
The Sun have now reported that recently relegated Newcastle United are lining up a £10million bid if they lose Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace in a reported £12million deal.
The report stated…
‘Benitez and his sidekicks have decided Ritchie is the ideal replacement and hope their money can tempt him and the Cherries.
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