Report: Everton want Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie, face Premier League competition

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Everton are reportedly looking at Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie.

According to the Daily Mirror, Everton are one of four Premier League clubs hoping to sign Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie.

Ritchie, 26, has been a revelation for Bournemouth ever since signing from Swindon Town in January 2013, and helped them win promotion from League One to the Championship, before then smashing 15 goals to fire the Cherres in to the Premier League.

The Scottish international continues to impress in the Premier League, and with two goals and three assists to his name, Ritchie has become something of a wing wizard on the South Coast - which has attracted interest from Premier League rivals.

The Mirror report that Everton boss Roberto Martinez would love to bring Ritchie to Goodison Park, but faces competition from Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United, all of whom have been impressed with Ritchie's season so far.

Everton may be in the market for a winger, given that Kevin Mirallas has been on the fringes this season and Gerard Deulofeu could end up returning to Barcelona, whilst both Steven Pienaar and Aiden McGeady have become forgotten men under Martinez.

Ritchie would provide a serious goal threat and an outstanding left foot, which may be appealing given that Everton's wingers are predominantly right footed. However, Bournemouth certainly won't want to sell in January, and Ritchie's future could hinge on whether Eddie Howe's men stay in the Premier League or not.

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