The Newcastle United fans who are gathered at the bar in The Transfer Tavern are having a celebratory couple of pints to toast a new signing made by the club.
The Championship side have confirmed the arrival of Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth in a deal reportedly worth £12 million.
The Scottish international was a key player for Bournemouth, who managed survival in their first year in the Premier League last season and made over 140 appearances for the South Coast club over three and a half years.
The 26-year-old has signed a five year deal at St James Park and will be the ideal replacement for Andros Townsend who left the club earlier today.
Speaking of his delight at joining the club, Ritchie told the official website “It’s an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this.
“I loved it at Bournemouth – I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
“It’s fantastic to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of getting the Club back in the Premier League.”
The Landlord at the Football Transfer Tavern popped his head out the office, and reminded punters that the former Swindon winger will already be popular with the fans at St. James’ Park after he scored a belting goal against fierce rivals, Sunderland, last season.
Ritchie becomes the third player to join Newcastle this summer following goalkeeper Matz Sels and striker Dwight Gayle in signing for Rafael Benitez’s men.
Bournemouth and Newcastle fans we want to hear from you both! Bournemouth, why on earth would you let Ritchie set down a level? Newcastle, how excited are you ahead of this season with the big signings you’ve made already? Let us know below…
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