Is Matt Ritchie in danger of being sold by Newcastle?

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their third goal from a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James'...

Transfer rumour about Burnley star could and probably should worry Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United celebrates as he scores their third goal from a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James'...

The Sun has reported on Monday that Newcastle United are among the Premier League sides interested in Burnley winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

The 27-year-old has been brilliant for the Clarets this season and Newcastle are apparently interested in the £20 million fight" for his signature.

Lord knows that the Magpies need to improve on their wide options, but would signing the Burnley star spell the end of Matt Ritchie's time on Tyneside?

Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley is tackled by Granit Xhaka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on November 26, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Ritchie, a £12 million signing in 2016, played a huge role in helping United win promotion back to the Premier League, but he has struggled since returning to the top flight, scoring twice and setting up five goals in 27 games.

It isn't a great return for an attacking player at a club like Newcastle and, considering Benitez also has Jacob Murphy as a right-wing option, the Spanish manager might deem Ritchie surplus to requirements if he signs Gudmundsson.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James Park on December 30, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

The former Bournemouth star made himself something of a hero by scoring the winner against Manchester United last month in a result which boosted the Magpies' survival hopes.

But maybe Benitez's side wouldn't be flirting with relegation if their attacking players were of a higher quality and although Ritchie has his uses, his output suggests that the North-East side need more from their wide options.

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