Report: Newcastle's Matt Ritchie to accept £4m-a-year Stoke contract in next few days

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

The Newcastle United winger looks set for a return to the Championship with Stoke City.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James Park on March 10, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has been offered £4 million a year to sign for Stoke City, according to the Sun.

And the newspaper reports Ritchie will accept the Championship side's offer in the next few days, despite favouring a return to former club Bournemouth.

However, it is claimed the £15 million transfer could take longer to finalise, as Newcastle want to be sure of a replacement before sanctioning the Scotland international's exit.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Ritchie is likely to replace Xherdan Shaqiri at Stoke, with the sought-after Switzerland international now attracting interest from Manchester United, according to the Sun.

A £12 million marquee signing for Newcastle two years ago, Ritchie fired the Magpies to the Championship title in his first season at St James' Park, and will hope to have a similar impact at Stoke.

The relegated Potters have already spent close to £20 million on two new signings, Benik Afobe and Oghenekaro Peter Etebo, with Adam Federici also arriving on a free transfer.

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