The Guardian have reported that Newcastle are close to sealing an £8.5m deal to sign Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, whilst Sky Sports have said the Tyneside club are in talks with Bournemouth to buy star winger Matt Ritchie for £12m.
Eddie Howe said in May that Bournemouth had no interest in selling Ritchie after rejecting a bid from West Ham for the Scot, stating that “the bid was rejected and we have no intention to sell.”
However, it seems that Newcastle are edging closer to signing Ritchie.
Both signings would be excellent acquisitions for the relegated outfit, and both players are more than accustomed to playing in England’s second division.
It is somewhat understandable why Dwight Gayle would drop down a division considering his lack of game time at Crystal Palace, but Ritchie is a prominent member of Eddie Howe’s team, and Bournemouth by all accounts are a team on the rise.
Perhaps Ritchie feels that in the long-term Newcastle will be more successful than his current side if he does leave, but regardless the pair would improve Rafa Benitez’s side vastly as they bid to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.