West Ham make improved bid for winger after signing La Liga star, to shelve striker bid

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West Ham are set to make an improved bid of £8 million for Matt Ritchie after having an initial approach turned down by Bournemouth, according to a report by The Telegraph. The Hammers originally made a bid of £25 million for both Ritchie and striker Callum Wilson last month, but will make a new offer of £8 million, potentially rising to £10 million, for the 26-year-old winger. Ritchie is believed to have met with Cherries boss Eddie Howe shortly after the end of the season and expressed an interest to…

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Stoke vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Determined to lift themselves out of the bottom three, Stoke City will be hoping to claim their first Premier League victory of the season over a confident Bournemouth side who they have not faced since the 2001-02 season when they were both in the third tier. There was a marked improvement from the Potters in their last game against Leicester City, with the return of long-term absentee Bojan Krkic to the starting XI making a massive difference in terms of their attacking play. His presence inspired more inventiveness and incision,…

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West Ham vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Bournemouth continue their search for their first Premier League points when they travel to Upton Park to face West Ham United in the first meeting of the two clubs in any competition since 1999. After getting the better of title hopefuls Arsenal in such impressive fashion in their opening match, it was something of a disappointment for the Hammers to be beaten by Leicester City last time out in a keenly contested encounter where the visitors had slightly more of a clinical edge in front of goal. The sending off of goalkeeper…

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