Newcastle United have been linked with an ambitious move for AFC Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser.
The Chronicle report that Newcastle could use ex-Cherries man Matt Ritchie as ‘bait’ in a bid to recruit the winger.
Fraser has enjoyed a successful season with the South Coast club, establishing himself as one of their main attacking threats.
The 25-year-old has scored six times in the Premier League, and his 10 assists put him third in the league’s rankings behind Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal were linked with the Scottish international last week, so Newcastle would face quite a fight to take him to the North East.
However, Ritchie could be a tempting makeweight given the fact he has previously been on the books at Vitality Stadium and has been a regular for the Magpies this season.
The wide man dropped down to the Championship to join the Magpies from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016, costing the St. James’ Park club in the region of £12m.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe may look to offload Fraser this summer given the fact that he is about to enter the final year of his contract.
Newcastle are believed to value Ritchie at around £20m, so would have to also stump up a considerable fee to secure his services.