Hammers get hands-off warning from Cherries


RitchieWest Ham have been warned off making any sort of move for Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie.

The Irons are just one club that has tracked the 26 year old along with West Brom, Manchester United and Stoke but Cherries boss Eddie Howe insists he’s not for sale.

And ClaretandHugh was told this evening: “We’ve scouted him – he’s a good player.”

But Howe insisted on Sky Sports News the club wasn’t looking to sell the player but added all bids would be considered on their merits.y’Matty’s (Ritchie) a good player so it’s not a surprise to me he’s linked to the top clubs,’ Howe told Sky Sports News.

‘We’d have to see that (a bid) on its individual merit, but certainly we’re not looking to sell him.

‘Matt Ritchie on form and playing well is a threat to anybody. Whenever any of our players gets linked, it’s not welcome by us.

‘We’re not a selling club and we certainly want to keep the squad together if we can in January and not the other way.’

The 26-year-old Ritchie signed for the south coast club from Swindon in a £400,000 deal in January 2013, and has gone on to make over 100 appearances under Howe.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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