Many Newcastle United supporters have admitted they would love to see Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser at St James’ Park next season after seeing his name linked with a move to the club.

The Chronicle claim that, after national reports touted a potential swap deal involving Matt Ritchie, the 25-year-old has been scouted by the Magpies this season as they look to recruit fresh talent out on the wings and the Toon Army have been supportive of raiding their Premier League rivals for the diminutive attacker on Twitter.

The Daisy Cutter has picked out a number of tweets from Newcastle United fans backing a potential pursuit:

For those who have not been following Fraser’s magnificent campaign with Bournemouth, he has managed to score seven goals and chip in with 11 assists in 36 appearances across all competitions – a very healthy return for a player turning out for a side outside the top six of the Premier League.

A bold claim considering how important Matt Ritchie has been to Newcastle this season. No outfield player has played more minutes than the Scottish international and his versatility has seen him operate in a variety of roles. Fraser might be a better out-and-out winger, but an upgrade on the whole squad? Perhaps not.

The unfortunate truth of being a Newcastle fan – any hope is immediately crushed by the fact that Mike Ashley is still in charge and big money transfers are not commonplace. It was a shock to see Miguel Almiron signed in January – it would be a shock to see Fraser snapped up too.

Perhaps not a fair comparison. If Ashley pulled his finger out you can imagine Newcastle would be a tempting move for Fraser, especially if they show more ambition in the transfer window. Whether that happens is another thing entirely – but do not rule it out just yet.