League One side Portsmouth are reportedly confident they can sign Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, with the winger making just two appearances in all competitions this season.

According to the Chronicle Live, the 33-year-old forward could be a target for Portsmouth in the upcoming January transfer window, with Ritchie playing just one minute of Premier League football this season as an exit from the northeast side looks like a certain for the Newcastle star.

Ritchie came through at Portsmouth and spent close to ten years with the south coast side before moving on to the likes of Swindon Town, AFC Bournemouth and eventually Newcastle. And now, a dramatic return to Pompey could be on the cards for the veteran forward.

As per the report, Portsmouth could explore a deal to sign Ritchie, with the third-tier club open to offering the versatile winger the chance to finish his career at Fratton Park with interest in the Premier League winger from top sides likely to be low in January.

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Signed for a reported £12m in 2016 from Bournemouth, Ritchie has made 190 appearances in total for Newcastle, scoring 24 goals and assisting 33 in all competitions, with the winger one of the Toon’s best players in their promotion from the Championship back to the Premier League in 2017.

However, it is now clear that Ritchie’s time on Tyneside is coming to a close, and signing for Portsmouth could be the perfect way for the 33-year-old to end his footballing career, with the League One side a club close to the attacker’s heart.

Portsmouth signing Ritchie would be a sensational coup

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Premier League players dropping down a few divisions is hardly anything new, but in Ritchie’s case, it would be quite special for the Gosport-born Scotland international to return to the club where everything started in Portsmouth. And for Pompey themselves, the signing would be quite a coup.

After all, Ritchie’s quality would make the attacker one of the best players in League One. And with Portsmouth vying for a play-off spot, the veteran returning to Fratton Park could change everything for Danny Cowley’s side this season.

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