Newcastle Bring Fifth Signing Through The Door


Last night Newcastle confirmed their 5th signing of the season as Emmanuel Riviere was revealed as our latest signing from Monaco.

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Emmanuel Riviere in the St. James’ Park dressing room

The 24-year-old French forward seems to have signed a long term contract (six years?), and the fee was not disclosed but is thought to be fairly low and around £5M.

Riviere only joined Monaco from Toulouse 18 months ago and the 24 year-old had this to say about his move last night:

“I’m very happy to be here at Newcastle.” “When the Club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.”

“My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that.”

And we’re sure Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was pleased to sign his first striker this summer, and he had this to say:

“This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve.” “We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.”

“He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name.” “I am really looking forward to integrating Emmanuel in the group and cannot wait to see him in action for us.”

Riviere was born in Martinique in 1990 and joined St. Etienne back in 2005, and then he moved to Toulouse in 2011 before joining Monaco early last year.

He played 15 times for the France U21 side and scored six goals, and he has become the first striker Newcastle have signed this summer.

From what we can tell this lad should be a very good signing and we didn’t pay too much for him either.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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8 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Good strong summer so far, probably need another forward and we are good to go (providing that Dutch right back also signs).

    On the previous benteke would be great. Had a Belgian journo on bbc radio 5 before/during the World Cup and they spoke about how he is rated much higher than lukaku and seen in their country to put in a lot more effort, he said it was a huge loss he missed the World Cup.

    Hopefully we get him then we can have a strong season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #2

    So why can we unveil Rivière but not Janmaat?

    Come on Debuchy, pack your bags and hurry up your making the fans paranoid!

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  • ToonMatt

    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #3

    50,000 geordies cheering him on? I hope not and I hope people don’t forget Ashley’s lack of ambition because of a few bargain bin signings.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 17, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Transfer Sage

    I’m starting to look forward to this season. There are a lot of goals in our midfield, still need another striker though. Janmaat will be signed today hopefully but we still lack a solid central defender,

    Anyway I’m confident of a good start to the season, and hope we can get points on the board early on. Siem de Jong has played against Man City twice scoring 3 goals against them… let’s hope he’s there Achilles heel.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Sage,
    I still think with just 1 more forward and the right back signing we still lack a squad. We have the makings of a very good first team, but it would just take an injury to a key player to derail us again. Plus the defence really needs a top centre half, like we have been banging on about for years now!

    I’m pleased with what we have done, but there are still some problem areas. The thing is, we are all happy just to see signings because we have had none for 18months, so because it looks like we have been really active we are positive. In reality we haven’t moved forward a huge amount so far.

    Still a good few weeks to go, so hopefully we get an extra 3 players in centre half, centre forward and probably a wide player – although I think we could see Riviere in that role if we get the top striker.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 17, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Transfer sage
    Good to see you back..I guess
    Hope not panic buy and not our last transfer.never saw him in action but looks like chicharito of mu type of player.experts say he has pace and strength,looks like we won’t get PEA as they prepared to lose Reus.personally I like to have Luis Muriel from udinese or dany welbeck from mu.
    If we won’t capture lacazatte.
    Brilliant peace of business so far though.
    Extremely delighted.can’t wait to see the players on the pitch. if we capture lodont ic y by any means,I

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  • musomag

    Jul 17, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m looking at this lad as a step in the right direction, purely from the perspective of replacing Shola. Now we really need a proven goal scorer who fans and other teams know and fear, Benteke is just a wild dream but he would certainly be ideal once fully recovered.

    Good work so far NUFC but this is only the beginning so don’t stop now.
    Don’t do a DiCanio and buy lots of average players, get the Janmaat deal tied up then move quickly for a big name striker and CB.

    You haven’t made yourself popular so far Mr Ashley but this is your opportunity to start putting things right. Regardless of being rich your life would feel a whole lot better if you actually had the fans on your side. We’re all watching.

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  • banjax

    Jul 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #8

    If we are going to sell the likes of Obertan, Ben Arfur, and Marveaux then these players need to be replaced to create competition for places and replace with better quality. We need to be looking at the likes of Rodwell, Lukaku and Benteke if we are truly going to compete in all competitions. More money needs to be spent – but we’ll see !

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