The Mirror says Ritchie is in line for a shock exit from Newcastle this summer.
The Scotland international may form part of the expected clear-out at St James' Park — but he is not being shoved out of the exit door by boss Rafael Benitez.
Ritchie, 29, heads a list of mainly domestic players likely to find themselves heading away from the Toon this summer.
The midfielder has two years left on the contract he signed after joining from Bournemouth three seasons ago. It is understood he believes he has one last big contract left in his career and wants to extend his terms and bolster his pay-packet at the same time.