The news broke last night that Newcastle had agreed a fee for 24 year-old Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco – and the fee in the French press was quoted as €8M, which is around £6.4M.
Emmanuel Riviere – soon to be Newcastle player
The French reports suggested Riviere would be flying into Newcastle today or tomorrow to agree wages and take a medical and sign along the dotted line, but the Chronicle has reported this morning that he flew into Newcastle last night ready to do the deal.
And Alan Pardew talked about the transfer situation in the Shields Gazette last night, after the 2-1 defeat at Oldham – and this is what he had to say about the reports on Riviere:
“It’s another one that we’re talking to.” “He’s a player that we have some interest in.”
“Janmaat – that’s pretty close, but that’s as good as I can say at the moment.” “I’ve been involved in the Oldham game, so I don’t know the detail of it.”
“We’re being active at the moment, and we need to be,” “We need to be stronger than we were last year.”
That’s an understatement that we need to be better than last season, and although we were OK through Christmas and were in 6th place in the league on Christmas Day – we completely collapsed in the second half of the season.
It seems the Janmaat deal has been held up some reason, so we hope he got though his medical OK, and that terms have been agreed with the player – and with any luck that signing will be announced today some time.
Emmanuel would be a good signing for Newcastle, and he was at Toulouse with Moussa Sissoko before hi joined Monaco 18 months ago, so he knows at least one player in our squad.
We can get both Daryl Janmaat and Emmanuel Riviere signed soon, and certainly before the end of the week.
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.