Manchester United are reported to have been keeping tabs on Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie. The Scottish International has been one of Bournemouth’s standout performers since their promotion to the Premier League last season, catching Louis Van Gaal and football fans’ eyes with some impressive goals and performances for club and country.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been quick to ward off interest in his in-form player:
“Matty’s a good player so it’s not a surprise to me he’s linked to the top clubs,” he told Sky Sports News.
“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.”
West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Stoke City are all thought to be monitoring the player and his club’s current situation, where they lay third from bottom in the Barclay’s Premier League table.
The former Swindon Town man’s pace and powerful left foot have alerted clubs into a potential January move, with the winger scoring twice in his 12 Premier League appearances so far this season.
His form has also seen him catch the eye of his national manager, Gordon Strachan. Ritchie was a member of Scotland’s recent unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring a screamer in a 2-2 draw against Poland.