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DONE DEAL: Matt Ritchie completes Newcastle United move

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Newcastle United have signed Matt Ritchie from AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

He is the second arrival on Tyneside, following Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend has left Newcastle for Selhurst Park.

Ritchie, 26, scored four goals and assisted six others, as the Cherries managed to stay in the Premier League in their first season.

The Scottish winger signed for the South Coast club from Swindon Town in 2013. He made 138 appearances for Bournemouth, finding the net 31 times.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this.” Ritchie claimed in a statement on Newcastle’s website, after penning a five-year deal.

“I loved it at Bournemouth — I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of getting the Club back in the Premier League.”

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez said: “We have been following some wingers for a while and Matt was one of the best prospects for this team.

“He has great ability and pace, and as soon as we knew that Andros Townsend could be leaving, our priority was to finalise this deal.

“We have signed an exciting winger who has experience in the Championship but has also proved that he can step up to the top level. I am delighted that he is now part of our squad.”

Newcastle are aiming to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, after relegation last season.

 

By Steve Osborne                     @BlizzardSteve75

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