The Daily Telegraph is reporting that AFC Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie will be paid a massive £55K/week to join Newcastle United in the Championship.
News from the south coast is that he has turned down a new deal offered to him by the Cherries that would have made him one of the highest paid player in Bournemouth’s history – in order to move to Tyneside.
Matt Richie – five year deal
Bournemouth Daily Echo reporter Neil Perrett tweeted this yesterday:
“Matt Ritchie has apparently rejected an offer to become one of highest paid players in Bournemouth’s history.”
And last night BBC Radio Solent Sports Commentator Chris Wise tweeted this:
“I understand Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie is flying into Newcastle this evening ahead of his proposed move to St James’ Park.”
“Ritchie will have a medical at Newcastle tonight (Thursday) and the deal – believed to be worth around £12M – will be announced tomorrow.”
“Understand Matt Ritchie will sign a 5 year deal with Newcastle United and will leave Bournemouth after three and half years at the club. “
The press in Bournemouth are surprised that Matt is willing to drop down to the second division even though they are reporting it is to a prestigious club like Newcastle United.
Matt was heavily linked with a move to West Ham earlier this year, but we understand terms could not be agreed between the two clubs and certainly top young manager Eddie Howe doesn’t want to lose him.
Newcastle fans are going to be delighted to have this player on Tyneside and we are hoping the transfer is announced today after reports he took his full medical last night.
Ritchie was born in Gosport, but qualifies to play for Scotland (he now has 10 caps and three goals for them) because his father was born in Scotland.
This is what Matt said when he was first called into the Scotland squad in March last year – as we suppose he tried to explain his south-coast accent to the Scots:
“My dad was born in Edinburgh and so were my grandparents.”
“My granddad was in the Royal Navy and they moved to England after he had been posted to Portsmouth, which is where I grew up.”
“I’ve still got relatives in Scotland but my aunties and uncles always seem to come down here to see my nan and granddad so I haven’t actually been to Scotland.”
“But I’ve got family there and I’m sure they will come to the games if I’m involved.”
We understand the fee will be £10M rising to £12M based on various incentives.
We think Matt will be a great signing for us and he seems to be just a smashing lad.