Matt Ritchie reportedly wants to leave Newcastle before the transfer deadline

According to an exclusive report by TEAMtalk, Newcastle United midfielder Matt Ritchie is surprisingly keen to secure a move away from the club on deadline day to be closer to his family.

What’s the word, then?

Well, TEAMtalk report that the Hampshire-born winger is keen to move back down south in order having been so far away from his family up in the north east, and he would like to seal an exit before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday.

TEAMtalk report that his potential departure coincides with the exciting imminent club-record £20.5m arrival of Miguel Almiron at St James’ Park, which could potentially force the 29-year-old down the pecking order if the Paraguayan is being purchased to play out wide.

TEAMtalk add that it’s unclear how much the Magpies would want for Ritchie, who cost £12m in the summer of 2016 according to the aforementioned report, and has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.

Could he really go?

Given there hasn’t been a single rumour about him moving away this month you would assume it’s too late for an exit to occur, but of course in the volatile transfer market you can never-say-never.

The 29-year-old would certainly be a massive loss for Newcastle and manager Rafa Benitez, and he has shown just how important he can be by filling in at left wing-back in recent weeks in the absence of Paul Dummett, while also scoring the winner from the penalty spot that saw his side pick up a crucial three points against Manchester City at St James’ Park on Tuesday night.

The Scotland international’s experience and versatility has meant that he has been a big player for the Magpies, and he carry on being exactly that – at least until the end of the current season.

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