The Wolves fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Nuno Espirito Santo can continue his positive summer spending spree with the signing of a right-winger in the coming weeks.
If the way Wolves have started the transfer window is anything to go by then they sure mean business ahead of their return to the top-flight. After finishing at the top of the Championship table by a considerable distance, the club have refused to rest on their laurels and have splurged in the transfer market to add significant quality to their first-team squad.
Players have predominantly been sourced from abroad, but a recent report from The Sun suggests the club should target a player a little closer to home, namely Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie. Whilst Ritchie may not evoke the same level of excitement as some of Wolves’ more eye-catching transfers, his experience in the Premier League and potential availability should give Santo plenty of food for thought.
Cutting inside onto his favoured left-foot, Ritchie was something of a bright spark for Newcastle last season as he managed to contribute 9 goals throughout the campaign with 3 goals and 6 assists, all of which arrived in the Premier League.
Whilst his record is far from groundbreaking, it’s the timing of his contribution which is perhaps most telling about his mentality and ability to step up to the plate when the going gets tough.
All 3 of Ritchie’s goals arrived at St James’ Park in fixtures which arguably proved to be the difference between relegation and survival.
His first of the campaign was a shock winner against Manchester United, and the two which followed arrived against Southampton in a relegation six-pointer before he won Newcastle hearts once again with another giant-killing strike against Arsenal.
The report from The Sun claims that Stoke City are closing in on a £15 million deal for Ritchie, but with Premier League football to offer Wolves should have the upper hand if they decide to hijack their bid.
Whether or not Wolves’ interest would bump up Newcastle’s asking price is up for debate, but if they are willing to accept a £15 million bid then the Wanderers should go head-to-head with the Potters for his signature.
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