The midfielder joined the Toon from the south coast club two years ago.Â
But according to The Sun he might be returning to his former stomping ground in a surprise part exchange for Josh King.Â
Benitez is desperate to bolster his striking options and itâ€™s suggested King is a top target.Â
Bournemouth wonâ€™t let their influential star leave on the cheap though.Â
They are demanding at least ÂŁ20m to let him leave the Vitality Stadium.Â
In a bid to get a deal done, The Sun say Ritchie could be used as a makeweight.Â
â€śNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing Josh Kingâ€ť
Newcastle might be able to raise additional funds by offloading Aleksandar Mitrovic.Â
The Serbian striker – who spent the end of last season on loan at Fulham – is strutting his stuff at the World Cup.Â
Starsport understands the Cottagers would like to sign him permanently following his impressive temporary stint west London.Â
The powerful target man scored 12 goals in 17 games under Slavisa Jokanovicâ€™s stewardship.Â
Mitrovic said: â€śHe [Jokanovic] did the best for me, I think he did the best for every player.
â€śHe played a system that every player liked and enjoyed – we played unbelievable football this season I give credit to Slavisa and his staff because they did an unbelievable jobâ€ť.