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Newcastle United have completed their third summer signing with the arrival of winger Matt Ritchie from AFC Bournemouth. The 26-year-old Scotland international has agreed a five-year deal at St. James' Park, and follows goalkeeper Matz Sels and striker Dwight Gayle to Tyneside. Ritchie spent three-and-a-half years at Bournemouth, making 142 appearances, scoring 31 goals and recording 29 assists. He helped the Cherries lift the League One and Championship titles, as well as playing a key role in establishing Bournemouth in the Premier League last season. Previously, Ritchie started his career at Portsmouth and spent time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge, Notts County and Swindon Town, before joining the Robins permanently. "It's an unbelievable feeling to come to a football club like this," said Ritchie. "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." Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez said: "We have been following some wingers for a while and Matt was one of the best prospects for this team. "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." Welcome to Newcastle!
A 12 million quid deal (17 mil euro) apparently. Also rumours of Cabella going the other way on loan with option to buy. Seems a bit odd to loan/sell Cabella after one season where he has been played out of position on the wing seeing that he's a no. 10. And this Thauvin, never really heard of him. Dunno what he's like. I dinnar if anyone here is a polyglot so what he said^ was: 'Florian Thauvin is going to sign for Newcastle. The Cabella loan move to Marseille is not yet official.'
Have to admit I didnt know anything about him. He seemed to decent talent, pacey with good dribble. crossing was meh. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2623173/Rolando-Aarons-hailed-Newcastles-high-hope-Peter-Beardsley.html anyone seen much of him? just another squad filler?