The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United want to make a £10m bid to sign 26 year-old Bournemouth right winger Matt Ritchie.
That could be tough, because the news is that West Ham are also interested in signing the 10 times capped Scottish International who played 41 times for Bournemouth last season in the Premier League with 4 goals.
Matt Ritchie – Rafa Benitez interested
It’s unusual for Newcastle to be interested in a winger this summer, but Matt did have a very good season last term for Bournemouth.
The Sun is reporting Newcastle are interested in the Gosport-born winger only as a signing before the club allows Andros Townsend to leave Newcastle this summer.
They quote Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew as the likely destination of the 24 year-old England International winger.
We don’t expect that to happen, but it seems Matt could be a decent signing for us regardless, although £10M seems a lot.
The Cherries rather easily survived in their very first season in the Premier League last term and whipped us 3-1 at St. James’ Park last March.
But that was mercifully the last game in charge for the woeful Steve McClaren as the head coach – and the last home defeat for us last season.
Rafa Benitez came in and won three and drew two of the remaining five home games of the season, but that still wasn’t enough to prevent a second relegation to the Championship in seven years.
Matt moved from Swindon Town to Bournemouth in the summer of 2012 and since then he has played 138 times for the south coast club with 31 goals.
He has played in League One, the Championship and the Premier League in those four seasons with Bournemouth, as the club quickly moved up the leagues in England with The Cherries.
A real success story for AFC Bournemouth.
Matt started his career at Portsmouth and moved to Swindon and then Bournemouth with loan spells along the way at Dagenham & Redbridge and also at Notts County.
He is still only 26 years old, yet he has already made 337 first team appearances with 77 goals.
He qualifies to play for Scotland because his father is Scottish and Matt made his debut against Northern Ireland in a friendly in March of last year at Hampden Park.
What do you think?