According to The Sun, Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie could return to Bournemouth this summer in a deal that would see Josh King move in the opposite direction.
Ritchie, who scored three times and registered six assists in 35 Premier League appearances last season, moved to Newcastle from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016.
Cherries forward King has been linked with a move to Newcastle over the last few months, with the former Manchester United youngster scoring eight Premier League goals last term.
According to The Sun, a swap deal is in the offing this summer, with Ritchie returning to the Vitality Stadium, and King making the switch to Newcastle.
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The Newcastle fans have been reacting to the speculation on social media, and it would be fair to say that they are desperate for Ritchie to remain at St James’ Park this summer.
Indeed, the attacker, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, was one of the team’s most consistent performers during the 2017-18 Premier League season.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Newcastle supporters can be seen below:
Hopefully Ritchie is going nowhere.
— Swampy⚽NUFC⚽⬛⬜⬛⬜ (@swampthing_71) June 24, 2018
We cannot lose Ritchie! Give them a straight £16mil for King.. Sell Mitro & Gayle and use that £30mil to sign Kenedy(Loan with option to buy) Abel Hernandez on a Free and Andros Townsend/Quincy Promes! Should leave a decent bit in the bank to sign no10(Berisha)
— Dayle (@DayleBarron) June 24, 2018
Can’t see Rafa offloading Ritchie! One of his most trustworthy lieutenants
— James Roberts (@jamesdrob) June 24, 2018
No chance. Ritchie’s work rate is phenomenal. Too good to sell/swap
— TH Sports Massage Therapy (@tonyhenderson73) June 24, 2018
Rafa wont let Ritchie leave IMO
— David Melia (@bodas73) June 24, 2018
Richie’s leadership is invaluable to us. I’d be really worried if he left
— Roger Walton (@RogWalton) June 24, 2018
No chance, Ritchie is so important in getting the team up the pitch, taking set pieces and leading the press
— Finbar Evans (@finbar_evans) June 24, 2018
Yeah I hope it doesn’t happen .Ritchie is our best wide player so what’s the point of losing one player and gaining another.
— David HUDDART (@DavidHUDDART1) June 24, 2018