It’s been a quiet summer so far for Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern but they could be about to get a bit better as there are rumours suggesting that the club are interested in a swap deal for Bournemouth striker, Joshua King.
According to the Sun, Newcastle are interested in sending former Bournemouth man, Matt Ritchie back to the south coast in exchange for the Cherries’ forward.
Bournemouth rate King at £20 million which Newcastle see as too high and therefore want to use Ritchie as a makeweight to lower the price.
With Dwight Gayle faltering at Premier League level, Joselu unimpressive, Ayoze Perez’s inconsistency and Alexsander Mitrovic’s future up in the air, Benitez is keen to bring in a striker to add to his attacking line.
United signed Ritchie two years ago and although he has been a regular under Martinez, the club are looking to add goals having only scored 39 last year. Meanwhile, King has scored 24 goals in the Premier League over the last two years according to Transfer Markt and has been linked with both Newcastle and Everton in the past.
In Newcastle’s promotion campaign in 2016-17, Ritchie was a crucial player for Benitez, scoring 12 goals and eight assists in 42 games.
Ritchie on the other hand, only managed three goals and six assists last season despite playing 35 games in the Premier League.
Ritchie would be a loss for Newcastle but King – who can also play on the wing – would add some crucial goals to a Newcastle side that needs to improve its firepower up front.