There is a Newcastle delegation in France at the moment, and it looks like the French players we are after are Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere.
Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere – Newcastle close to deal
And there is news in the French daily L’Equipe today that Newcastle are confident of signing Riviere from Monaco, and that we are currently in talks with his club on the potential deal, and that the Tyneside club want the transfer completed as soon as possible.
The deal is certainly not done yet, but we can only assume the transfer fee and compensation package wanted by Riviere’s representatives make the Magpies confident we can get the deal done over the next few days.
And this report is consistent with some of the news in the local papers yesterday that Newcastle have a renewed confidence that they can close some deals before the squad departs for New Zealand in about 8 days time.
Hope all these reports are accurate!
Some information in Riviere:
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.
He played for all the French Youth sides and 15 times with 6 goals for the U21 side.
What do you think?
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