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Reap the Wild Wyn: Newcastle United news and other links to make you a better person for June 27, 2016

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A few sentences as I watch the Copa America final match between Chile and Argentina. Charles Aranguiz of Chile was nailed in the face with the ball. He's checking his teeth to ensure they are all in place.

Aranguiz just went down again. As far as I know he's bleeding profusely, but I can't tell because of those red uniforms.

Marcelo Diaz was just sent off after getting his second yellow card.

Marcus Rojo was just sent off. Another bad call. Not a straight red. 10 vs 10.

These are angry passionate teams.

What a battle of attrition.

No second half goals. No extra time goals. Now penalty kicks.

Chile wins, and Messi misses. That was fun.

Today's Wyn is going to be Matt Ritchie heavy. Why so? First, because it's a strong transfer rumor. Second, because he would bring real quality to the squad. Third, because Androws Townsend leaving might be required for it to happen.

The poll on the Chronicle's website has this move as favorite of the fan base, with the 76% in favor of the move. He notched four goals in 36 appearances for Bournemouth last season. In 2015 he totaled 15 goals in 46 appearances to help promote The Cherries. He was also integral in Swindon's promotion from the 4th tier back in 2012.

The Scottish international had been scouted by the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester United. One thought, which could be backed up by his stats, is the Championship may afford him greater success. While efficient in the Premier, he will not see starting time for the upper tier of the league. Whether that is true it's hard to see him not enhancing Newcastle's squad.

My gut tells me this would be a big signing, so I'm giving it attention.

Ok, let's kick the ball.

Newcastle United have been offered AFC Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie

When I read that the signing might hinge on what happens with Townsend my heart hurts. Why can't we have both?

Matt Ritchie isn’t quite good enough for Tottenham, Manchester United or Chelsea

Older link, but it gives some depth to the noted concerns regarding Ritchie's present talent set.

Newcastle United fans both delighted and concerned at Matt Ritchie link

Mostly delighted is more accurate. Is it worth losing Townsend?

Report: Bournemouth expect another West Ham bid for Ritchie and Wilson, double deal would cost £30m

I think it says a lot about how Ritchie is valued if West Ham is making such a strong effort to sign him.

Saido Berahino to join Stoke in £16million deal after West Brom finally agree to sell him

I don't remember the specifics of why they rejected it, but Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace rejected a £21m bid. Could this signing have kept us afloat?

A pre-season unlike any other pre-season

In looking at our pre-seasons over the past three years this one definitely seems to be very original.

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile

Just post match emotions talking?


In honor of all the transfer talk. At some point we'll get our man.