Report: Hull targeting prolific Championship winger on one condition

Hull City are reportedly looking to sign Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie.

Matt Ritchie has been one of the stars of the Championship campaign, and the Hull Daily Mail has reported that the Tigers are keen to prise him away from the South Coast in the summer.

However, any transfer will rely on one key condition - that the Cherries are not promoted to the Premier League this season.

The 25-year-old wide-man has excelled in Eddie Howe’s attacking system this term, winning personal plaudits in a team who are doing much to increase their chances of top flight football.

In 39 games the winger has scored 11 goals and registered an incredible 13 assists - a league high total - and his form for the Championship high-fliers saw him called up by Gordon Strachan last week for Scotland’s ongoing international fixtures.

With Hull relying on Bournemouth to not get promoted if they intend to sign Ritchie, it currently appears as if Steve Bruce will have to look elsewhere for their summer transfer targets.

With seven games to go, the Cherries are one point clear at the top of the Championship table, and they look well set to continue their great form to the Premier League.

Despite the table being exceptionally close, Bournemouth look the best bet for promotion, and Hull may have to drop their interest in Ritchie in the near future.

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