The regional newspaper reports on its website that the Cherries have been alerted of the situation surrounding the 29-year-old’s future, and will approach United officials in the summer transfer window if nothing changes.
However, at the moment, boss Rafa Benitez will not be offering Ritchie anything.
To let a player like Ritchie leave after the great impact that he has made this season would be a grave mistake on the club’s part. He has been excellent this season bar a couple of games, and the fact that he does not look like he will extend his stay will have the Newcastle fans absolutely fuming. It is not a surprise then, that Bournemouth will make an approach to United officials if things do not change in the transfer window. Ritchie wants security for the rest of his playing career, and if Newcastle cannot offer that, then he may end up moving back down South to his former club. Yes, he may turn 30-years-old later this year, but that is no reason why the club should not offer him new deal. At this rate, they risk losing one of their most consistent players – something which they may regret further down the line.