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Middlesbrough eyeing Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie as Adama Traore replacement

Middlesbrough are interested in signing Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie as a replacement for Adama Traore who is closing in on a move to Wolves, according to The Sun.

Experienced winger

Ritchie is 28 years of age and is a very experienced winger, especially at Championship level.

The Scotsman enjoyed spells at both Swindon Town and Portsmouth before moving to Bournemouth in January of 2013 for around £419,000.

Ritchie would go on to play 142 games for Bournemouth, scoring 31 and assisting 29. He also helped guide Bournemouth to promotion to the Premier League.

Ritchie then moved to Newcastle in 2016 for a fee in the region of £10 mill and was once again a key player in getting Newcastle back to the Premier League.

So, if Boro do sign him, they will be hoping he can help them back to the Premier League this season.

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Wenger and Pulis

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – MARCH 18: Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal (L) and Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion (R) embrace prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on March 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

Much improved

When Tony Pulis took over at Boro everyone excepted Traore’s time at Middlesbrough to be over as he isn’t really what you would call a Pulis type player.

However, quite the opposite took place. Pulis was the first manager to actually get anything out of Traore and by the end of the 2017/18 season, the winger was one of Boro’s star men.

Traore finished the season with five goals and 10 assists, nearly all of those contributions coming in the second half of the season under Pulis.

Traore was also a huge part of why Boro were able to make it into the playoffs, despite such a horrible start to the season.

But given his excellent second half of the 2017/18 season, Traore now looks set to leave Boro this summer for Wolves with Ritchie a potential replacement for him.

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