Newcastle Rekindle Interest In Monaco Forward

There are reports in France today that Newcastle United are again interested in 24 year-old Monaco forward Emmanuel Riviere, who has played for all the French Youth sides and 15 times with 6 goals for the U21 side.

Emmanuel Riviere

Emmanuel Riviere – Newcastle linked again with player

We were first linked with Riviere in April when he was offered to Newcastle for £4.5M.

The 6′ tall forward was born in Le Lamentin, Martinique and moved to Monaco from Toulouse in January of 2013 on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a fee reported to be around €4M (£3.2M).

Last season he played 36 games for the French Lique 1 Runners up and scored 13 goals and had a couple of assists, and since he’s been at Monaco he’s played a total of 50 games with 17 goals and 4 assists – and that’s not a bad record.

It seems the player is being offered because he will likely have his appearances restricted next season, as Monaco gear up this summer and bring in some new players for a Ligue 1 title challenge against current top club PSG.

In April the news was that Newcastle were not interested in the player, but that may have changed over the last couple of months, and  Le10Sport are reporting that Newcastle have been in contact with Monaco about the player.

According to the reports in France last April, Riviere was being offered for £4.5M, but now the price is quoted as between £6M and £8M, but we find it hard to believe he would cost much more than £4M or £5M.

There are other clubs interested in the player, and the reports in France could (even) be true that we are trying to bring Riviere to Tyneside, and he certainly fits the bill of midfielders Newcastle want to sign this summer – players who can score some goals.

For around £4M he would be a very decent signing for us.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

Written while on vacation in England.