CHERRIES winger Matt Ritchie is said to be in the final throes of a £12million move to Newcastle United.

Conflicting reports tonight suggest the Scotland winger has had or will have a medical ahead of signing a five-year deal on Tyneside.

Speculation has been rife for the past week with the Newcastle Chronicle, who claimed Ritchie had been "offered" to United, stating the 26-year-old had completed a medical at St James's Park.

The Northern Echo reports that the medical will take place tonight with an announcement expected tomorrow.

The fee would smash any record fee received by the Dorset club for a player that joined for £500,000 from Swindon in January 2013.