The Magpies are reportedly ready to make a £10 million offer for the Bournemouth winger.

There has been a great deal of talk surrounding Newcastle United’s transfer activity this summer, both in terms of new signings and retaining their current stars, as the club look ahead to life in the Championship.

Whilst speculation rages on about the future of such Magpies players as Andros Townsend, a name now being reported as a potential arrival is that of Bournemouth star man Matt Ritchie.

The Sun claims that Rafael Benitez has lined up a £10 million deal to bring Ritchie to St. James’ Park and strengthen the Tyneside club’s bid for promotion next term.

The winger has been one of the biggest stars of the show at the Vitality Stadium since his arrival from Swindon Town in 2013, and has helped to lead the club from League One to Premier League survival in his time on the south coast.

After a superb individual season in 2014-15 as the Cherries won the Championship, scoring 15 goals in 46 games and being widely regarded as one of the best players in the division.

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Last term, in his first Premier League campaign, the Scotland international missed just two league matches and weighed in with four goals including a goal-of-the-season contender against Sunderland.

Ritchie would certainly bring more quality in wide areas for the Magpies in the second tier next season, but any potential move may hinge on the future of Townsend.

Reacting to the reports on Twitter, many Newcastle fans were delighted with the idea of bringing Ritchie to St. James’ Park, highlighting his Championship experience with a winning Bournemouth side as a huge positive.

However, there was one concern amongst Magpies supporters at the surfacing speculation, as some fans fear the Cherries star is being lined up as a replacement for key man Townsend rather than to play alongside him.

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