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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Neil Fissler

FUL­HAM are lin­ing up Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie with a view to mak­ing a move for him when the trans­fer win­dow opens next month.

Ful­ham have been tak­ing a close look at the 25-year-old, who started his ca­reer with home-town club Portsmouth, over the last month.

And they be­lieve he could be the man to help them climb the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble as they look to put a night­mare first half of the sea­son be­hind them.

Ful­ham have suf­fered a hang­over from their rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League and are pre­pared to bring in a num­ber of new faces next month.

Ritchie has been with Bournemouth since Jan­uary 2013 when they paid Swin­don Town £500,000 to se­cure his ser­vices.

He has con­tin­ued to catch the eye for Bournemouth who are mak­ing a real charge for pro­mo­tion to the top flight them­selves un­der boss Ed­die Howe.

It could be this rea­son why Ful­ham will find it tough to tempt Ritchie to swap the south coast for south-west London be­fore the end of the sea­son.

The Cher­ries now be­lieve that Ritchie is worth around £4m and it could ap­pear that Ful­ham are ready to give a sub­stan­tial down pay­ment.

Ritchie still has another two years to go on his con­tract and would ap­pear to be in no hurry to make any rash de­ci­sions about his next ca­reer move. DERBY COUNTY are keep­ing tabs on Black­burn Rovers winger Ben Mar­shall, 23, with a view to mak­ing a move for him dur­ing the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Derby want to bol­ster their squad ahead of a pro­mo­tion push but could face com­pe­ti­tion from Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. NOT­TING­HAM FOR­EST’S trans­fer em­bargo has scup­pered their hopes of land­ing highly-rated Ply­mouth Ar­gyle striker Tyler Har­vey.

For­est boss Stu­art Pearce hoped to use the prize money from a bet­ting company com­pe­ti­tion to fund a move for Har­vey, 19.

Har­vey has spent a week on trial, train­ing with the Cham­pi­onship side’s de­vel­op­ment squad, and the Reds were plan­ning a move next month.

But they have been forced to put it on hold after the Foot­ball League slapped an em­bargo on them, Leeds and Black­burn for breach­ing Fi­nan­cial Fair Play rules last sea­son.

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