Newcastle United have agreed terms with Amiens for right back Emil Krafth.
The 25-year-old Sweden global spent four years playing in Italy with Bologna prior to joining Amiens.
Ashley has often failed to put enough money into the club to allow them to progress.
It was a radio interview that didn't go down particularly well with supporters and while you can admire Ritchie's honesty, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth of those who love the club, just days before the Premier League season kicks off.
But Ritchie evidently does not expect the protests to have a positive impact on how the team perform, and has called for supporters to be "in this together". Moreover Ritchie made the contentious claim that Ashley had been "honest and upfront" but it appears his comments reflect a dressing-room consensus.
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"I don't understand the unrest, I've got to be honest", he told talkSPORT. "The club's gone out, spent money".
"For me, we all have to be in this together", Ritchie added.
Newcastle are expected to make one more attempt to convince the player that his future belongs in the Premier League. "He's been up front about that and to do that he'd have to sell the club".
"I've said this since I arrived".
"That's what we need to be here - the fans, the staff and the playing staff all as one and pulling in the same direction". That's something I'm really passionate about.
Certainly Toon fans will hope Niclas is right, and with Krafth on the right, with Jetro Willems on the left, the full-back positions suddenly look a lot stronger than they did two weeks ago.