Middlesbrough and Stoke are keen on Newcastle wide man Matt Ritchie who could be allowed to leave the Premier League club for £15m.
The 28-year old has been a key player on Tyneside since making the move from Bournemouth two seasons ago, helping them win promotion back to the top-flight in their first season. Then, he played 35 games for Rafa Benitez last season as the north-east side had a strong campaign.
However, the Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle are willing to let him leave for around £15m and that he is interesting both Stoke and Middlesbrough.
It would be a major capture for either side and add to the big-spending that both have already conducted.
Stoke have signed Nigerian international Oghenekaro Etebo for around £6m and Benik Afobe for £12m. Meanwhile, Boro have added Paddy McNair and Aden Flint to their side for fees combining to around £10m already.
Yet, they could also face competition from Bournemouth, with the report stating that they too are weighing up a move for their former player.
Ritchie would be an amazing signing for either Championship side as he has shown over the years that he is a top-quality player at this level, guaranteeing goals and assists.
Whether Ritchie would leave is debatable but if either side does bring him in they will send a real statement to the rest of the league.
Whilst £15m is a very big fee for any second-tier side, both these clubs are clearly ready to back their managers as they look to secure promotion.
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