Stoke City are lining up a summer move for Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie, with the Magpies not keen on offering the 29-year-old a new deal.
Even though the Scotland international has been a key player for Rafa Benitez this season, featuring in 35 league games so far, the hierarchy are reluctant to sanction a new deal given his age.
Therefore, the Sun have revealed that Stoke could pounce and give the 29-year-old the long-term assurances he wants.
Nathan Jones is set for a major rebuild this summer and he appears to identified the two-time Championship winner as a main target this summer.
So, how good a signing would this be for Stoke?
Our writers take a look…
“This would well and truly be a statement of intent for Stoke’s summer overhaul.
“Ritchie is a well established top tier player who is still under contract, while his ability and experience of Championship promotion would surely make him a big asset on the pitch.
“You feel this is the sort of signing the club have to be making if they are to compete for a return to the top tier next season.”
“It’s ambitious, but they can’t forget what happened last season after throwing silly money around.
“Nathan Jones should be the man to get things back on track at Stoke, but he shouldn’t be forced to over do things on the transfer front.
“A sprinkling of magic is fine, but don’t squander all the budget on Ritchie.”
“This would be a good signing for Stoke.
“They need to remember what happened last summer though and on the whole they should be trying to recruit younger, hungry players.
“However, Ritchie still has a lot to offer and would be a matchwinner at this level so it would be a coup for the Potters.”