Newcastle are plotting a swap deal between Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser and their own Matt Ritchie, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that the Magpies are keen on Fraser after a season in which he has 12 assists and eight goals across all competitions.
And Ritchie will reportedly not be offered a new contract by the club because of his age, so Newcastle are hopeful they can use him to convince Bournemouth, who Ritchie used to play for of course, to let Fraser join them.
Newcastle would apparently pay cash as well and giving Ritchie back, but they hope this clever plan can help them lure a player who has been as dangerous as any outside the top six this season.
This one looks ambitious from Newcastle. Why would Bournemouth let arguably their best player this season leave only to get a smaller sum of money than they could get for selling him outright plus an aging player who left them for a team in the league below as recently as 2016?
The option of getting a ready-made replacement who knows the club may tempt Eddie Howe, but it’s a move that could easily be seen as a step backwards by a fanbase who have seen their side drop alarmingly since the turn of the year.
But if Newcastle did get Fraser, it would take their attack to another level and him working with Miguel Almiron would be frightening.