Second bid for Cherries man on the cards

matt-ritchieAccording to John Perry in the Daily Telegraph West Ham are weighing up a second bid of £8 million for Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie.

The broadsheet claims Slaven Bilic is ready to return with an improved offer for the Scotland international after a joint bid for Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson was rejected last month.

Bournemouth were furious after West Ham’s £20 million proposal was tabled hours before their rearranged trip to Manchester United and manager Eddie Howe insisted the club had no intention of selling..

Matt Ritchie BournemouthThe report claims the Hammers are prepared to pay an initial £8 million, rising to a possible £10 million in instalments. It is understood that West Ham contacted Bournemouth on Wednesday in an attempt to reopen negotiations but were warned not to make another bid.

However, West Ham believe a deal can be done and their second offer is expected in the next few days.

Ritchie is believed to have met with Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to hold talks with West Ham, who are also preparing for the Europa League after finishing seventh.

Signed for just £500,000 from Swindon in January 2013, Ritchie played a key role in Bournemouth’s climb up the leagues and scored four goals last season in the top flight.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Second bid for Cherries man on the cards

  1. strange one. Hopefully a smoke screen for tore

  2. Astonishing, isn’t it, that just like last year all the talk around our club is for a top striker but we keep signing midfielders. Is Slav. being very aware of how tough that can be ( especially with us still seen by many as a small club and a curb to a top player’s ambitions, just look at the reaction on Twitter to the news Payet plays for us ) lining up his insurance?

  3. It’s bull****. Why would West Ham sign a winger no better than Jarvis, days after signing the new fella from Valencia, baring in mind we also have Antonio and the French wizard in our squad?

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