Man Utd target Ritchie not for sale – Howe

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has issued a hands-off warning to Manchester United after they were linked with their Scotland international Matt Ritchie.

Ritchie has been in impressive form for the Cherries which earned him a call-up to the national team where he scored a stunning goal against Poland.

It would reportedly take around £10 million to prise Ritchie away from the newly promoted Premier League outfit.

But Howe moved to quash suggestions that Ritchie was for sale, with Manchester United scouting the winger.

“Matty’s a good player so it’s not a surprise to me he’s linked to the top clubs,” Howe told Sky Sports.

“When Matt Ritchie is on form and playing well he 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.”

He added: “We’d have to see that [a United bid] on its individual merit, but certainly we’re not looking to sell him.”

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