If Newcastle really are going to sell Ritchie, they should be ambitious and target England man

Another day and more activity in the Transfer Tavern for Newcastle fans. Rafael Benitez will be itching to bring in new some reinforcements this summer as he looks to push up the table next year. 

It remains to be seen how much money Mike Ashley will give Rafel Benitez this summer. Rumours have linked the club with moves for Joshua King and Daniel Ings to bolster Newcastle’s frontline, while fan favourite, Matt Ritchie has been rumoured to be included in a possible swap deal for King. One player, however, who Rafael Benitez may want to consider signing, is Jack Wilshere.

The Breakdown

As reported earlier this month by the Daily Star (h/t Chronicle), Newcastle are interested in signing the midfielder who will be leaving Arsenal when his contract expires. According to the same report, West Ham, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton are also keen on signing the England international, therefore the Magpies may face some stiff competition for his signature.

Yes, the one huge drawback to Wilshere is his terrible injury record. After suffering from continual injury problems, a loan spell at Bournemouth saw the England international manage 27 games while last season he played 20 times in the Premier League and also featured heavily in Arsenal’s unsuccessful Europa League campaign. With his contract expiring, however, taking a risk on Wilshere might just provide a great reward.

The Magpies need some creative talent going forward. While Wilshere might be the 30-goal striker the club need, he still possesses incredible talent Newcastle could do with. The 26-year-old would be great in a number 10 role for Newcastle and if Benitez can surround him with some extra talent, a free transfer might just turn out to be a bargain for Newcastle.

So Newcastle fans, should Benitez sign him up?

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