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Newcastle Could Sell Popular Winger – For £15M

The Telegraph are reporting today that three clubs are now interested in buying Matt Ritchie and we saw in his first season at Newcastle in the Championship he is a star player in England’s second division.

In our promotion season, Matt was outstanding along with Dwight Gayle and the 28-year-old scored 16 goals and had 9 assists in 48 total games for Newcastle.

And in Bournemouth’s promotion season back in 2014-2015, he scored 15 goals and had 18 assists in 51 total appearances so he can score goals down below and he can make them too.

And we are sure the three clubs after him know all about those statistics.

Matt Ritchie – after scoring against Arsenal last season

Matt had a tough start to last season but came through this year with 3 goals and 5 assists in 38 total games.

The Telegraph are reporting that “detailed discussions” are underway and here is a piece from their report:

“Middlesbrough and Stoke have both held detailed discussions with Newcastle over a potential deal, with £15M understood to be the fee required to sign him.”

“But it is understood that Ritchie’s former club AFC Bournemouth have also expressed a firm interest in the Scotland international.”

“Rafael Benitez is open-minded about Ritchie’s future but could use the funds to strengthen his own squad as he prepares for a second campaign in the top-flight.”

“Although it is understood formal interest has been registered by those three clubs, Newcastle are not believed to have confirmed to any of Ritchie’s suitors whether they would be willing to sell the winger.”

Matt Ritchie is a favorite with the Newcastle fans, and he epitomizes the spirit and passion of Rafa’s side.

Matt works his socks off for the team and last season he was unlucky when he hit the post several times before registering his first goal.

If Rafa does sell him, we expect it to be a top player who comes in to replace him.

But we hope Newcastle keep the 28-year-old who seems to love it at Newcastle.

If he does move we would expect him to want to return to Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Why are our players always getting quoted at measly prices?

    Richie has 2 years solid experience in the premiership and a few seasons dominating the championship hes got to be worth at least 25 to 30 in todays prices ?!

  • crawfordm

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #2

    agree according to prices quoted we must have the worst players in premiership and championship.
    Not one player is quoted above 20 million.
    Its all southern reporting bollocks !!!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Unless we can get a 15m winger replacement. I’d be annoyed if Ritchie leaves.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #4

    swemag, I’d rather not be in a group with Brazil, Germany, France, Holland and Italy but I wouldn’t be afraid of any of them in a one-off match.

    On our day, we can beat anyone, we’ve always been able to compete with the big boys and there’s nothing different now. It’s doing it consistently over a tournament and making the most of our opportunities in any single match that we struggle with. We shouldn’t fear Brazil.

    Also, going with a Brazil QF arguably leads to a potentially more friendly SF. In that context I’d rather play Brazil early doors, get them out of the way and look forward to a good chance of meeting Belgium again in the final.

    Finally, if we did ultimately meet Belgium again in the final, I’d rather do it having beaten them in the group stage than having lost.

    Therefore, I’d have to say we should go all out for the win and look forward to playing Brazil in the QF. Besides, playing Brazil has a certain romance and attraction which playing Sweden and Switzerland cannot match, with all due respect to your nation.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Was one of Ritchie’s reasons for moving to us that he could be closer to his family in Scotland? If so, the likelihood of him wanting to move South seems small. Besides, who would want to live in Stoke? It’s awful….

  • swemag

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #6

    RobLeenio – good attitude. Yes, getting Brazil in the QF, really England should not fear this, you have the players to beat any nation.
    Saying that from a Swedish perspective it feels at this moment like any country is beatable though the Swiss I am sure are thinking the same.
    Looking forward.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 28, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    swemag, I have to agree – I think this tournament has been generally low on quality and no teams have really yet shown their potential.

    It’s wide open, which is why the English press are starting to get excited

  • toonbrother

    Jun 28, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Would be a great transaction


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