Stoke City, Middlesbrough and AFC Bournemouth are fighting it out for the signature of Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, according to a report.
The Newcastle Chronicle claim that both Boro and Stoke have held detailed discussions with Newcastle in order to secure the 28-year-old’s signature.
The report reveals that Ritchie’s former club Bournemouth also hold an interest in bringing him back to the Vitality Stadium, after he left his former club to join his current employers Newcastle in July 2016.
It’s claimed that Rafael Benitez’s side have set an asking price of £15million, should any side wish to sign the Scotland international.
Football Insider verdict:
It was strange for Matt Ritchie to move to Newcastle United in the first place, as the winger was dazzling the Premier League with Bournemouth, he then decided to go back down to the Championship to help the Toon get promoted. Now the Scot has achieved that and also helped the club to a respectable 10th place Premier League finish last term, and it looks like the 28-year-old could now be on the verge of being sold to the second-tier again, with Stoke City and Middlesbrough interested. Ritchie should do everything he can to stay in the top-tier, he’s a quality player who looks good at this level, scoring three goals and providing six assists in the league last season for a defensive-minded team. It would not make sense if he jumped down a division yet again, that would not be good for his career and Newcastle would definitely miss him. It would be a very curious move should it happen, but stranger things have happened in football.
In other Newcastle United news, the club have made a bid for a Juventus and Italian international midfielder.