Cherries sign Robins winger

Bournemouth have signed winger Matt Ritchie from Swindon for an

undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has penned a three-and-a-half year deal, keeping

him at Dean Court until summer 2016.

The Cherries have been chasing Ritchie for a while, putting in a

bid in December 2011 which was rejected.

Ritchie, who has scored 10 goals this season, should go straight

into this weekend’s squad to face MK Dons.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe told the club’s official website: “I

think it sends out a statement of our ambition and what we are

trying to create here. It’s a big signing for us.

“He is someone that we have been watching for a long time


“I have known him a number of years and I have always admired

him as a footballer and as a person, so I think it’s a really good

signing not just for now but for the future as well.”