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Newcastle transfer news: Bournemouth could make Matt Ritchie move

Matt Ritchie feels certain to leave Newcastle United this summer.

The 32-year-old has barely featured since Eddie Howe’s arrival, making just two Premier League appearances since the turn of the year.

They both came as a substitute, coming off the bench in the 3-0 win over Norwich and the final day victory against Burnley. His cameo at Turf Moor felt like a Toon farewell, as Newcastle prepare for a summer of change.

Ritchie has been named as one of multiple players the club are willing to move on when the transfer window opens. But who will want to sign the corner flag kicking extraordinaire?

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Well, there’s a chance he could stay in the Premier League…

Bournemouth could try to sign Matt Ritchie

The Northern Echo report that there are Championship clubs interested in signing Ritchie this summer. However, he could land a fresh Premier League move.

The report adds that Bournemouth could attempt to sign the Scotland international.

A move to Bournemouth would signal a return to the south coast for Ritchie, which is where he’s originally from. He represented the Cherries between 2013 and 2016, achieving two promotions at Dean Court.

He would then move to Newcastle, which is the only northern club he’s played for. Ritchie has had six great years on Tyneside, but his influence has sadly waned.

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The Toon number 11 has been a pivotal member of the squad, and was recently described as ‘integral‘ by Eddie Howe.

It will be sad to see him go this summer. But he needs to be playing football, and he would likely relish the chance to return to Bournemouth.

He’s been linked with a move back to Dean Court in the past, and now they’ve returned to the Premier League it’s probably even more enticing.

While he perhaps doesn’t have the speed necessary to thrive in the top flight, he’s the kind of personality that Bournemouth could really benefit from.

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