Newcastle United announced the signing of Emmanuel Riviere from AS Monaco late last night, becoming the Magpies sixth signing of the transfer window and the third in a week.
Riviere had been part of the Monaco squad that earned promotion back to the top flight of French football in the 2012-2013 season, after moving from Toulouse in the January transfer window. The 24-year-old made 50 appearances for last year’s Ligue 1 runners-up, scoring 17 goals in the 18 months he was with the club.
Premier League dream
The former France under 21 player admitted that it is a dream come true to play in the Premier League and the decision to move to Newcastle United was not a difficult one. He explained that the fans were an important factor in the deal, as well as the stadium and the importance of the club with the city.
The striker, who can also play on the wing, moves to England having spent his whole career in France. Before turning professional, he was scouted intently by PSG and Lyon, but decided to join St Etienne instead.
Both West Brom and Stoke had been interested in signing the player, but no bid was made by the two Premier League clubs. The Daily Star reports that Riviere was keen on a move to Arsenal, but with no offer coming from the Gunners, the Martinique-born forward decided to join Newcastle.
Riviere moves to St James’ Park on a six-year contract for a rumoured fee of £6million but the deal was met with some scepticism from some French journalists.
Julien Laurents tweeted: “Too much for an average striker… he is not clinical enough and not strong mentally enough to be a top striker. Inconsistency is the big problem.”
Riviere joins Remy Cabella, who moved to the north of England over the weekend from Montpeiller. The attacking midfielder, who is also 24, had been linked with Newcastle since January as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who moved to PSG at the start of the year.
Cabella & Janmaat
The deal, worth around £7million, sees Cabella leave Montpeiller after spending his career so far at the club. He made 115 appearances, scoring 28 goals over four seasons in France.
Newcastle also announced the signing of Dutch international Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord on another six-year deal for around £6million.
The 24-year-old has spent his whole career playing in the Netherlands but moves after impressing during the World Cup in Brazil. He is expected to take the place of Mathieu Debuchy, who is expected to sign for Arsenal during the summer transfer window.