According to Alan Nixon’s report for The Sun, Newcastle are ‘ready’ to send Ritchie, who joined the Magpies from Bournemouth in a £10.8 million deal back in 2016, back to the South Coast side this month, with the Cherries’ Philip Billing being mentioned as a possible makeweight in a swap deal.
So far this season, Ritchie has started just six Premier League games for Steve Bruce’s side, while the £7.2 million-rated Billing was left out of the Bournemouth’s midweek squad for the 1-0 loss to Derby County because of an alleged injury, although, the 24-year-old posted on social media: “Didn’t know I was injured.”
And, after news of the potential swap deal was relayed on Twitter by NUFC 360, fans of Newcastle flocked to have their say on the matter, with many appearing delighted at the idea of the transfer.
Would Billing be a good signing for Newcastle?
So, what exactly did these Newcastle United fans have to say in reaction to the report?
“SOME GOOD NEWS”
“Good deal if it’s true”
“Fine by me”
“I’d do this tomorrow. I really like Billing. Definite weaknesses to his game, but a high ceiling.”
All in all, it would appear that the vast majority of these Newcastle United fans are happy with the idea of bringing Billing to their club, with many suggesting it would be a good deal, while others claimed that the midfielder has a high ceiling as he is just 24-years-old.