Report: Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie heading to Stoke City

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United scores his sides second goal past Petr Cech of Arsenal while being challenged by Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Newcastle...

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie is reportedly on the radar of Stoke City in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez and Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United are seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018...

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie is heading to Stoke City, as Andros Townsend is set to move from Crystal Palace, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that Newcastle are in talks with Palace over the transfer of 26-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur winger Townsend.

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The report has also claimed that the England international will be a replacement for winger Ritchie, who is heading to Championship club Stoke in a £15 million deal.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United in action during the Premier League match between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on May 5, 2018 in Watford, England.

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Ritchie has been on the books of Newcastle since the summer of 2016 when he moved from Bournemouth for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £12 million.

The 28-year-old winger scored 12 goals and provided seven assists in 40 Championship starts for Newcastle during the 2016-17 campaign.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United scores his sides second goal past Petr Cech of Arsenal while being challenged by Rob Holding of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Newcastle...

Last season, the Scotland international - who earns £45,000 per week as salary according to Spotrac.com - scored three goals and provided five assists in 32 Premier League starts for the Magpies.

Ritchie has done relatively well for Newcastle, but if manager Rafael Benitez is able to get £15m for him, then it would be a smart deal, as the Spaniard could invest that money in bringing back Townsend to St. James’ Park.

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