Date: 16th June 2016 at 5:58pm
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West Ham United have approached AFC Bournemouth for a second time in their quest to sign Scotland 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.

Sports Journalist Pete O’Rourke posted on Twitter that…

Bournemouth have rejected £25m bid from West Ham for Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie and told them the duo are not for sale. #WHUFC #afcb

Soon after that report, Sky Sports ‘sources’ also reported the same transfer offer but added…

‘at the moment, (West Ham) are not planning to make a further offer.

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 have reported that an enquiry was made on Wednesday, 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.

Ritchie enjoyed the step up to the Premier League following promotion, scoring the Cherries goal of the season at home to Sunderland and also impressing on the international stage, winning the goal of the year award for Scotland.

Your Say…

yesyescherry said…

if we were able to replace him with someone of the quality of jordan ibe or nathan redmond (although redmond looks like he’s off to stoke) then i’m not so sure ritchie moving on would weaken us too badlyJoin the conversation here.

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