Report: Benitez plans ambitious £10m bid to bring Matt Ritchie to Newcastle

Newcastle are reportedly looking to beat West Ham to the signature of Bournemouth star Matt Ritchie.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their first goalBournemouth's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring

According to The Sun, Newcastle United are planning to make a £10m bid to sign Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie ahead of West Ham United.

The relegation Magpies need new signings this summer as they attempt to navigate their way out of the Championship and straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

Manager Rafael Benitez should have money to spend, and reports suggest that he's looking to spend a huge chunk of his budget on a Premier League winger.

The Sun report that Benitez and his Newcastle staff have identified Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie as a player who could help the Magpies push for promotion - but possibly as a replacement for England international wide man Andros Townsend.

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

Ritchie, 26, hit four goals and six assists for Bournemouth last season, playing a huge part as the Cherries achieved Premier League survival.

The Scottish international is now in demand having impressed out on the right hand side for Bournemouth, and the report claims that Newcastle are now hoping to beat Premier League side West Ham United to Ritchie's signature in a £10m deal this summer.

Scotland's Matt Ritchie celebrates scoring their first goal

That's partly because Benitez allegedly expects to lose winger Townsend this summer, with the former Tottenham ace attracting admiring glances from Premier League clubs despite only signing for Newcastle during the January transfer window.

It's claimed that Crystal Palace are keen to land Townsend and could even offer striker Dwight Gayle in part-exchange, with Benitez now lining up Ritchie as a possible replacement for England international Townsend should he leave St. James' Park this summer.

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