Report: Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie completed Newcastle medical tonight, will sign five-year contract

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

Matt Ritchie is reportedly set to join Newcastle United.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in actionBournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

According to The Chronicle, Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has undergone a medical with Newcastle United ahead of his move to St. James' Park.

The Magpies are set to strengthen their attacking options with the signing of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, according to Sky Sports, who claim Gayle had a medical on Tyneside earlier this week.

Scotland's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their first goal

Now, attention will turn to other areas of the pitch, but manager Rafael Benitez appears to be making a new signing to replace a current Newcastle star.

The Chronicle report that winger Andros Townsend is poised to join Crystal Palace despite only signing for Newcastle from Tottenham in January, and is leaving even after talks with manager Benitez.

It's claimed that Townsend was adamant that he has to play in the Premier League next season, and after Newcastle's attempts to turn his exit into a loan departure, the England international will head back to London - and a replacement will arrive almost immediately.

Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring the first goal for Bournemouth

The report adds that Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has flown into Newcastle today, and completed a medical with the Magpies this evening ahead of a big-money move to St. James' Park.

Ritchie, 26, hit four goals and six assists in the Premier League for Bournemouth last season, and is closing in on a surprise move to drop back into the Championship with Newcastle.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

The Scotland international will replace Townsend as a right winger cutting in on his left foot, and brings proven quality in the Championship having smashed 15 goals and 17 assists in Bournemouth's title-winning campaign in the 2014/15 season.

Having completed his medical tonight, Ritchie looks set to seal his move to Newcastle - and hand Benitez a double swoop alongside striker Gayle.

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