HITC are reporting there’s an article in the Sun that Newcastle and Bournemouth are in discussions to swap winger Matt Ritchie for striker Joshua King.
The deal would be to swap the players with money going to Bournemouth to complete the transfer.
This would help solve one of Newcastle most significant problems and get in a good Premier League class striker to the club.
But Matt Ritchie has also been one of our top players over the last two seasons.
King is not happy at the Cherries after he was moved to less of a striker role last season, and he scored only 9 goals in 34 appearances.
Joshua King – in action for Bournemouth
The previous season when he was up front as an out-and-out striker he scored 16 goals in 36 appearances.
This deal shows just how Rafa is strapped for cash; the best solution would be to get King in permanently via a cash deal or get him on loan with an option to buy for next season.
But it seems Rafa may be forced to lose one of our better (and very popular) players to fill a gap in the Newcastle lineup.
This is all assuming the report is true – and it may not have much validity – and it is a Sunday.
But we badly need a recognized Premier League striker at Newcastle and King can do the job.
But we don’t want to lose Matt Ritchie either.
King started his career at Manchester United and moved to Blackburn in 2013 and then signed for Bournemouth three years ago.
He has played 105 times for the Cherries with 32 goals and 9 assists,
What do you think?