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Report: Newcastle United delaying Matt Ritchie to Stoke City deal

Newcastle United are reportedly happy to sell Matt Ritchie to Stoke City for £15m, but only after they have brought in a replacement.

Stoke City reportedly remain the frontrunners to sign Matt Ritchie from Newcastle United, but the Magpies first hope to line up a replacement.

Ritchie has been tipped to join the Potters in a £15m deal, while second-tier rivals Middlesbrough are also said to be in the running.

Newcastle are happy to let the Scotland international leave, but The Sun claims that a sale will only go through once they have brought in one of their own targets.

Crystal Palace wideman Andros Townsend is rumoured to be the man Rafael Benitez is chasing, with talks ongoing for the £18m-rated player.

Former Bournemouth ace Ritchie started 32 games for Newcastle in the Premier League last season, netting three goals and assisting five more.

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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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