According to a report by The Mirror, Newcastle United star Matt Ritchie is in line for a summer exit from St James’ Park, and he would be an ideal signing for Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Well, The Mirror say that the 29-year-old believes that he has one big contract left in him, and that he wants to bolster his pay-packet at the same time.
The Mirror report that while manager Rafa Benitez is reluctant to lose the Scotland international, the Tyneside outfit would be willing to listen to offers of around the £10m mark for him – the same price they paid Bournemouth to sign him in 2016.
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The wide man is still an important player for the Magpies, as shown by the fact that he has made 31 Premier League appearances for them during the current campaign.
While the west Midlands club have enjoyed a brilliant first season back in the English top flight, they have also shown the lack of experience they have at times – see the FA Cup semi-final collapse against Watford earlier this month.
Some poor performances and results on the road suggest that they need a little more know-how and expertise within their squad, and Ritchie would certainly provide it.
Wolves have two decent wing-backs in Jonny and Matt Doherty but they don’t have great strength in depth in those positions within their squad, as shown by the fact that Adama Traore has sometimes filled in on the right despite being an out-and-out winger.
Ritchie has proved throughout the current campaign that he can play effectively in either wing-back position and has that defensive nous, as well as the ability to get up the field and produce quality crosses into the box for someone like Raul Jimenez.
With Wolves still chasing a seventh-place finish and the possibility of Europa League football next term, a £10m move for the 29-year-old this summer just makes so much sense.