Newcastle United could reportedly send Matt Ritchie back to Bournemouth – and receive midfielder Philip Billing in return.

The Sun have claimed the Cherries have a long-term desire to bring Ritchie back to the Vitality Stadium, which he left to join the Magpies in 2016.

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A swap deal is being touted involving Billing, whose future is up in the air at the moment after he was left out of the matchday squad in midweek.

Reports had suggested he was injured, but the player questioned the claims on Instagram, writing ‘Didn’t know I was injured’ (via The Sun).

The Denmark international could now leave Bournemouth, and Newcastle could look to offer Ritchie in order to get him, knowing the Championship club would like the 31-year-old back.

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Ritchie has proven to be a good signing for Newcastle following his £12 million move to St. James’ Park (BBC Sport).

The star has made 159 appearances to date, and the player’s versatility has come in handy down the years.

 

In smoother times, Ritchie’s passion and character really endeared him to supporters.

Earlier this week, BBC pundit Ian Wright questioned Steve Bruce for overlooking the Scot in recent games.

That Ritchie could be used in order to bring in Billing is something that not all fans will be able to get on board with.

Ritchie an important member of the squad

Ritchie is an important player for Newcastle to have at the moment.

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Billing is a good player, but the Magpies would be taking a big risk letting Ritchie go in order to get him.

Given the struggles of Jamal Lewis since his move to the club last summer, and the concerning fitness record of Allan Saint-Maximin, Ritchie will be important to have going forwards.

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