Date: 3rd July 2018 at 12:56pm
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It seems there is little doubt that Stoke City are interested in signing Matt Ritchie from Newcastle United, but progress on the deal has not moved on as much as what we’re lead to believe.

The Stoke Sentinel reported that there had been a bid accepted by the Magpies but reports by the Newcastle Chronicle say this is wide of the mark. Talks have indeed taken place between the two clubs, but as yet a bid from Stoke has yet to be accepted.

This, of course, opens the door to other clubs coming in with an offer, this is what Newcastle are likely to want. Tony Pulis is known to be interested in the player and if he can free up the funds, he would be likely to come forward with a bid from Middlesbrough.

The Scotland international has also alerted the interest of his former club Bournemouth, but at this moment the Potters seem to be in the driving seat.

I am convinced the 28-year-old would be a massive asset to Stoke, over the last two seasons at Newcastle he has made 77 appearances and netted 15 times.

The figure being bandied about for the player is £15 million, or at least that is what Newcastle want.


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