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Winger May Leave Next Week – But Things Moving At Snail’s Pace

The Northern Echo are reporting today that Stoke City want to buy Matt Ritchie and they want the deal completed next week.

Best of luck on that.

Liverpool are expected to sign Xherdan Shaqiri imminently after he was in Liverpool yesterday for a medical and will leave Stoke for his release clause of £13.5M.

The Swiss International never had any intention of playing in the Championship this coming season.

It seems that while Rafa doesn’t want to lose Ritchie if he can get £15M for him from Stoke and get Andros Townsend in his place for around £17M, then he will let Matt leave the club.

It remains to be seen if Matt will want to drop down a league again – as he did two years ago when he left AFC Bournemouth for Newcastle.

Matt Ritchie – he could leave next week?

He then had a tremendous first season for us scoring 16 goals with 9 assists in the Championship – so he’s definitely worth £15M to Soke.

To persuade Ritchie to join them in the hope they can get promoted next May, Stoke will offer Matt improved wages on the £45K/week he currently gets at Newcastle.

But the deal will only go through if we get Andros Townsend in his place, and if we cannot get Andros in – Matt will stay with us.

So Newcastle will have to do these two deals together – maybe a bridge too far for Lee Charnley?

And we mentioned yesterday this is less important than Newcastle getting some new class forwards in and a striker.

And we still need a fullback who can challenge DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett for their starting position.

Both backup fullbacks Jesus Gamez and Massadio Haidara were not retained last month when their contracts ran out, so we need replacements.

But it seems things are going at a snail’s pace this summer.

That reflects just how slow Newcastle are in trying to get their targets in.

That has to change.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa won’t be happy at the thought of losing Ritchie. Hard working, versatile, good for morale. Not good.

  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks like it’s a done deal, not sure if we’re getting townsend or the kid from Man City, bit of a risk going for the Man City kid but he could be better in the long run, but to replace one of our main characters will be hard

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not sure about that
    He’s 29 in September
    He recaptured his good form
    at the end of the season but went
    through a sticky patch over Xmas
    and itnto January
    It was his goal vs ManU early in Feb
    in our famous Sunday victory that seemed
    to bring his mojo back

  • magicmac54

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Munster Mag, i totally agree with you, why should Newcastle have to sell Ritchie a very good player, to replace him with another good player in Townsend, why dont they just buy Townsend, and build up a good strong squad like other clubs and have compettion for places in the team, well i think we all know the reason to that question Munster Mag. HWTL.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    wasn’t he supposed to be carrying an injury first half of the season?

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 14, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Because we have Atsu, Murphy and Kenedy as well as Ritchie

  • neverbeento wembly

    Jul 14, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Ever since the end of last season we have been associated with at least 100 players none of who have materialised. Why can other teams just go & buy a player & we cant? I wish all these blogs would post facts for a change instead of endless speculations


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