Newcastle complete signing of Scotland winger Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth for fee of £12m

Newcastle have made their second signing of the day by landing Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth.

After finalising a £10million deal for Dwight Gayle on Friday morning, the Magpies announced they had secured Ritchie’s signature on a five-year contract.

The fee for the 26-year-old has not been disclosed by either club but it is understood to be in the region of £12million, including add-ons.

Ritchie spent three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth, making 142 appearances and scoring 31 goals.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this,” said the Scotland international of his move to St James’ Park.

“I loved it at Bournemouth – I had a fantastic time there and it had a huge impact on my career. But when a club like Newcastle comes calling, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

“It’s fantastic to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of getting the Club back in the Premier League.”

Rafa Benitez moved to bring in the wide midfielder after Andros Townsend left for Crystal Palace.

He is the Spaniard’s third summer signing – after striker Gayle and goalkeeper Matz Sels – as Newcastle attempt to make an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation last season.

“We have been following some wingers for a while and Matt was one of the best prospects for this team,” said Benitez.

“He has great ability and pace, and as soon as we knew that Andros Townsend could be leaving, our priority was to finalise this deal.

“We have signed an exciting winger who has experience in the Championship but has also proved that he can step up to the top level. I am delighted that he is now part of our squad.”

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