Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has insisted the club have no intention of selling Matt Ritchie to Manchester United.
Ritchie has been one of the Cherries’ star performers this season and Man United have reportedly been keeping tabs on him.
However, Howe dismissed the speculation, insisting Bournemouth are not a selling club.
“Matty’s (Ritchie) a good player so it’s not a surprise to me he’s linked to the top clubs,” Howe said.
“Matt Ritchie on form and playing well 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.”
Howe did admit, though, that a bid from United would be considered on face value.
“We’d have to see that (a United bid) on its individual merit, but certainly we’re not looking to sell him,” Howe added.
The signing of Ritchie would come as a major surprise but he is simply said to be one of a number of targets that United are looking at. Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Southampton’s Sadio Mane and Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez have also been touted as potential signings. In the long-term, reports surrounding Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale have been gathering pace in recent days.