Matt Ritchie Is Traveling To Newcastle Today

It could be three signings in three days or even three signings in two days with goalkeeper Matz Sels having been signed yesterday for around £5M from Gent and Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle already on Tyneside for his medical in a proposed £10M deal.

Rafa called Sels yesterday, after the 24 year-old was unveiled a fantastic goalkeeper.

And more positive news in the Chronicle today that after positive and advanced talks with Bournemouth yesterday Matt Ritchie is expected to travel to Newcastle today, for a medical and to sign along the dotted line.

Paul Dummett Matt Ritchie at Bournemouth

Matt Ritchie in action against Magpies and Paul Dummett last season

That would make three good players signed this week by the new driving force at Newcastle United – world-class manager Rafa Benitez.

You can never accuse Rafa of letting the grass grow under his feet and this man just seems to be inspired in his new influential job at Newcastle – where he has been given complete control of all football matters at the club.

And Rafa is still far from finished in the transfer market with more deals expected to be completed, as he tries to both strengthen and expand the squad ready for an attempt at promotion back to the Premier League at the very first attempt.

After the Ritchie deal is (hopefully) completed  a defender – possibly a center-back – is the next player expected through the door at Newcastle.

Ritchie is due to travel to Newcastle this morning with the famous north-east club hoping to push a deal through by tomorrow, when Rafa will hold his first training session of pre-season at the refurbished Benton Training grounds.

It will be a coup for the Magpies manager to persuade a player who had a very good first season in the Premier League last term at the Cherries to drop down one division to join Newcastle.

The news is the 26 year-old Scottish International is only too willing to do that.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #1

    What about SDJ – the forgotten man of NUFC?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Good to see RAFA is getting new players in early not farting on well into August like previous years.
    Hopefully a month of training and warm up games will have the new team/squad up and ready for August 5th

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll spare the repost Veltman.
    Great news this, a good CB and LB now, I wouldn’t see any harm in getting a couple of top loanees from the super rich clubs either. We’ve all seemed to forget about Cisse or written him off, the Championship will not have seen many strikers of his quality and if he can find form again and stay injury free we could easily have twenty goals there.

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #4


    I expect Cisse and Tiote to be off to the middle east or china and if we can rake in a few million for them, it should be better spent elsewhere in the team

  • magscar

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Not posted in mornings for a while so forgot about how quickly Ed moves

    magscar // Jun 30, 2016 at 7:48 AM


    The phrase you mention may indicate that we were interested in Gayle in January when it seemed McClaren was directing transfers. Whilst Carr remains he is no longer the main man (nor Charnley) when transfers are being targeted. Even if Rafa is looking at players scouted by Carr he would be stupid to simply ignore his own judgement because of that.

    On wider points I am not exactly overwhelmed with the level of player we are being linked with (and buying) but as Expat and Jail point out we are in Championship and have to cut our cloth accordingly.

    My faith in Rafa’s judgement is unimpaired and I trust that he knows what he is doing.

    Of course our faith in Rafa is not necessarily mirrored by every potential target of his whilst we face next season away from the bright lights of PL. Next January if riding high or next Summer if promoted then let’s see what difference that makes.

    I also trust him to deal with any want away players for the benefit of the Club – if they do go then it will be when he says and at a price commensurate with his rating of their worth.

    If Townsend does go then it will be because of an apparent clause (reasonable when he was bought?) but not of Rafa’s making.

    No need for panic as yet.

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #6


    True but he has no option here as the season starts in 5 weeks and we need a good start.

  • Al Yalayis Lad

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I like the look of these players coming in, not playboys, but honest hard working players.

    They do not look like they are coming to Newcastle for big money, or looking to get their name in lights ready for a big money move, they are coming because they want to play for us.

    these are the types of players that will get us out of the mulicatawney, and back to where we belong


  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron Knee – agree with you on de Jong. Never seems to be in the “staying or going” conversation. Obviously his time at NUFC has been blighted by injuries, and perhaps he hasn’t made the most of his (few) opportunities, but he is a quality player. Maybe he can be another Kevin Nolan type in the Championship?

  • expatmag

    Jun 30, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #9


    The last I heard was he was looking for at least a loan move back to Holland at possibly Ajax but ghat was sometime ago

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #10


    Perhaps he could do a good job for us in the Championship. It’s hard to tell whether Benitez rates him or not.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #11

    I posted at the beginning of the – if we can get Siem ‘up and running speed’ and keep him fit – he could be play a key part in the TOON’s promotion push – need people like him in the midfield to open up defences.

    Toon have not seen the full potential of Siem – hopefully this season

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Also people are having a dig at the players we are signing – bloody hell we are a championship club and we will not be able to attract the top players.

    We need battlers, fighters and play as team and the players know there jobs on the pitch like ICELAND did a against England – who remind me of the way the TOON have played over the past few seasons – got excellent individuals but NOT a team

  • martoon

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Ritchie would be a good signing but it’s kind of puzzling why Bournemouth want to sell him? As far as I remember he was a regular starter for them, scored a few goals and was one of their better players!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #14

    All this talk about offloading Tiote, Cisse, Gouffran etc. I wish people would remember that we’ve never had the biggest squad and every single window incoming players have been matched with outgoing or more to reduce that ever reducing wage bill, the only player I would really want shot of is River in, the rest can do a job.

  • Blofal

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #15

    We really need a solid defensive midfielder.

    Benitez likes to play with two and if Tiote leaves we only have Colback and Anita.

  • Jib

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #16

    Turkish club Fenerbahce are sniffing round Siem de Jong where he would join fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie.
    Events in Istanbul in the last 48 hours may give him pause for thought.

  • Spoof

    Jun 30, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #17

    It’s nice to get player’s in who have been successful in the league in which we are playing in, yes I know that Sels hasn’t but the other two have, it’s refreshing after being so used to getting player’s in and hoping that they adapt to the league we’re in, getting player’s in who are fit for purpose is something I could get used to.


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