Newcastle United fans divided as Ritchie set to stay at St James’ Park

For weeks now it was thought that Matt Ritchie was on his way out of Newcastle United and heading to Stoke City, but it seems that there has been a twist in the tale.

According to Chronicle Live football editor Mark Douglas, the winger is now set to stay due to Stoke’s pursuit of Tom Ince.

The reporter revealed the news via Twitter on Saturday evening.

If true, it would create a knock-on effect because Newcastle were looking at numerous candidates to replace Ritchie.

At the start of July, The Chronicle reported that the Magpies had reopened talks with Crystal Palace regarding a move for Andros Townsend.

The winger was part of the Newcastle fold two years ago, but he opted to leave the North-East outfit in 2016 when they suffered relegation to the Championship.

This latest news, though, suggests that if Ritchie stays then a move for Townsend will not be pursued.

Some Newcastle fans are pleased to hear that their man could be staying put, while others would have preferred the original plan to go ahead.