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Stoke Expected To Make Improved Bid For Matt Ritchie

It looks like the transfer of Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool is almost complete with the Swiss International in Liverpool having his medical before a £13.5M switch to the Reds.

Sky Sports is reporting the deal could well be completed today after the Reds met the release clause in Shaqiri’s Stoke contract.

That should give Stoke some money to bring in a replacement, and it’s now likely they will go after their number one target – who seems to be Matt Richie.

It’s almost certain Stoke will come back with an improved offer for the winger.

The news is that Newcastle have rejected their initial offer of either £11.8M or £15M – depending on which reports you believe.

Matt Richie – after scoring a goal

We think it was most likely £11.8M because other reports are that if Newcastle get a £15M offer for him, he will be gone.

That depends if Rafa can bring in Andros Townsend in his place – said to be available for £17M from Crystal Palace.

Rafa will not let Matt go until he has Townsend all lined up and signed.

The Newcastle manager is not one to lose a player without a replacement being brought in first.

That’s what he did when he brought in Sung-yueng as a replacement before Mikel Merino left the club yesterday.

But this is somewhat of a side issue because with Kenedy now on loan for the season at Newcastle we have four good wingers to battle it out for the two wide positions – Kenedy, Ritchie, Atsu, and Murphy.

Before the end of the window, Townsend could have replaced Ritchie in that list and some of our fans will be disappointed that Matt has left.

He’s been such an influential player for us over the past two (great) seasons.

But a higher priority now is to bring in one or two strikers – and soon.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed “But a higher priority is to bring in one or two strikers” – it’s an opinion for sure. Another one is why bother spending huge amounts on a top-end striker when you don’t have the midfield to supply the chances.

    It’s like having some really expensive bullets and a rusty old blunderbuss to fire them – which would you upgrade first?

  • JDdubai

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2


    Our midfield last season created plenty of chances that Joselu, Gayle and Perez missed so even if we created the same amount again with the same midfield, we would be in a much better place with someone who doesn’t need 5 chances to score a goal.

    Not that we couldn’t upgrade our MF also but CF needs to be the priority for me.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3


    A valid point, but you can also say “whats the point of having a military grade assault rifle with an enhanced acog scope and tactical stock, if you only have marshmallows to load it with” 😀

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #4


  • Markaccus

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #5

    We probably have the analogy back to front…. The MF supply the ammo, and the forward shoots it, but i think both points are valid either way.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #6

    JDdubai, Markaccus I take your points – not quite sure what all those words are Markaccus but I assume you mean a big f__k off gun

    I guess it’s about priorities and opinion. Better / different midfielders will provide better service and easier chances to our strikers more often and will also score more goals themselves, which is a win-win.

    Even Ronaldo would struggle to score goals given poor service, however. Yes, he would score more than Gayle and the Hoss but still, he would score more if his midfield was more skillful.

    It’s an opinion, anyway – and I would not be unhappy in the slightest if Rafa did spend £50m on a marquee striker. I don’t think he will, though, he’s all about the incremental gains.

  • NUFCadon

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #7

    I really like Ritchie, his passion and work rate are to be admired. Having said that, whether you love or hate Townsend, he would make our side a bigger threat. If we got £15m for Ritchie and brought Townsend in for £17m that would be some great business.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    ah, I was thinking the strikers were the bullets and the midfield were the gun, but it works either way I think.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFCadon, I’ve gone on record saying I voted for Ritchie as our player of the season. However, I recognise his limitations and think he could be upgraded. If so and we can get it done then we should.

    We’d miss his leadership from midfield, but we’ve just brought in Ki Sung Yeung so that’s compensated for already.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10


    Yeah i can see where you are coming from. I do also agree with dubai, though, because we do have some creativity already in out MF. So i am leaning toward a striker first, and then maybe a creative AMF or a No. 10

  • Mag :P

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11


    I never argued against his entitlement, ofcourse his opinion is allowed on here.

    My issue was with the ‘bully’ card, absolute nonsense.

    For the record, if all it takes is one poster arguing with another for you to shy away from posting then maybe this platform isn’t for you?

    As you say regarding Jesper, Tsunki is also allowed his entitlement. I think you’re making this a bigger deal then it actually is.

  • NUFCadon

    Jul 13, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #12
  • Jib

    Jul 13, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #13


    This is the real Conté vid
    He’s talking about being accused of
    game fixing while at Siena

  • magpieinzim

    Jul 13, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Personally would love us to keep Ritchie his commitment is exactly magpie but true that Townsend is an upgrade if Ritchie can go up a level or 2 we’d be okay

  • Williamson is Bramble in disguise

    Jul 13, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Why not save 17m and get Ben arfa back, ten times the player Townsend is was or ever will be, rather keep Ritchie than have him back it’s players like him that got us relegated


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