Stoke City face a long wait if they hope to land Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie, with Magpies manager Rafa Benitez not willing to let him leave until he finds a replacement.
That is, according to a report in the Mirror, who claim that although Benitez is willing to let Ritchie leave, but will only do so if he captures one of Andros Townsend, or Chelsea’s Kenedy.
Ritchie is wanted by new Potters manager Gary Rowett as he looks to get his new side straight back into the Premier League at the first attempt, and will be hoping that a bid in the region of £12m will be enough to land the former Bournemouth man.
However, Ritchie is expected to command huge wages, with the Mirror reporting some £60k a week as a potential figure he is expected to command if he does move to the Potters.
The potential wait for his signing though could well be a hinderance to Rowett, who is hoping to have all the pieces in place for his squad before the start of the campaign.
Ritchie was instrumental in Newcastle surviving last season and played an important role for Benitez throughout the Premier League campaign. A move this summer has come as a surprise, but Ritchie is open to moving back into the Championship as he looks to fire Stoke back into the top flight at the first attempt.
Stoke fans, what do you make of this? Is he worth the wait? Let us know in the comments!