Matt Ritchie is ‘looking unlikely’ to leave Newcastle United to sign for AFC Bournemouth on Transfer Deadline Day, according to Alex Crook.
As per a tweet from the talkSPORT journalist, the Cherries have already had a bid rejected to sign the Scotland international and have been told that the St. James’ Park faithful do not want to lose him despite Steve Bruce being happy to let him go before the deadline hits.
Should Newcastle sell Ritchie?
Newcastle should keep Ritchie at all costs
The Tyneside club should look to keep hold of Ritchie before the deadline at all costs. The 31-year-old has played in no fewer than 159 games in total across all competitions for the Magpies over the last five consecutive terms, scoring 24 goals and making a further 28 assists (Transfermarkt).
He has been a loyal servant to the Toon and is a great character to have around both on the pitch and in the dressing room as NUFC look to battle against relegation from the Premier League to the EFL Championship.
Cherries boss Jason Tindall even described the winger as a ‘fantastic’ player when asked about the South Coast team’s interest in the winger last month, suggesting that he still has a lot of qualities that he can offer.
Nonetheless, Newcastle should be looking to keep Ritchie on their books for now at least until the end of the 2020/21 term.
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