Ritchie Turns Down Record Bournemouth Deal To Join Magpies

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    For those who don’t know much about Matt Ritchie, let me fill you in as ive watched him a lot over the past 2 years as i do actually live in bournemouth. For starters as i have a lot of mates who are bmouth fans, they are absolutely gutted hes gone.

    About what he can actually do, i’d say hes almost like for like with townsend, maybe apart from the fact hes not as quick/direct. But hes got a cracking left foot, good with his right as well, hes very tricky and unpredictable, likes to switch the play a lot and bring other teammates into the game, if you remember against us, he absoutely rinsed us down the right in both games. One of the best attributes about him is that he worked so hard for bournemouth, always helping out the full back, always defending when the team is defending, and is such a danger in and around the box. He got something like 15 goals and 10 assists when bmouth won the chmapionship which is insane! so hes proven at this level and a lot of bmouth fans would tell you hes easily top 10 premier league quality.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle is closer to scotland. Saves time for his family to visit.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Good info, JT, cheers. Hope he can reproduce it for us.

  • geordie157

    Jul 1, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Really good signing, will add goals and assists, plus he has a fantastic work rate.

    Also proved he can play at the top level.

    Centre back and left back next please Rafa.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Jul 1, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    At last, players who WANT to play for us are coming in. Foreign players just don’ appreciate what amazing potential we offer. Fewer mercenaries and more proud players in. This has got to be Rafa’s influence. Onward and upward!

  • carl

    Jul 1, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Doesn’t he come from Gosport but has a Scottish father?


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