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Matt Ritchie seals Newcastle United move

Matt Ritchie seals Newcastle United move

Ritchie secures Magpies switch
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Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Scotland midfielder Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth. The transfer fee has yet to be disclosed.

Ritchie was one of the stand-out performers for Bournemouth in their debut season in the Premier League last term, but the prospect of linking with the Magpies was too good to ignore for the 26-year-old.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this," he told the club's official website.

"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."

The former Cherries man has inked a five-year contract at Tyneside, and follows the £10m arrival of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace earlier in the day.