AS Nancy have just been promoted to Ligue 1 and they are looking around for reinforcements for their side including in the striker department.
There’s news in France today they may be interested in 26 year-old Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere.
We signed Riviere from Monaco for £6M two years ago, but he has simply not made the grade at Newcastle and unfortunately is another French flop signed by Chief Scout Graham Carr and we expect Rafa Benitez will be trying to sell him this summer.
Emmanuel Riviere scoring at Crystal Palace in late 2014
If we cannot sell him then a loan deal with an option to buy clause in the contract would be a decent deal for Newcastle, to at least get him off the wage bill for next season and maybe a permanent deal could be made next summer.
According to Foot Mercato, there has been contact made from the French club to Newcastle about the availability of Riviere, who really needs to leave Newcastle, maybe back to France, to get his career back on track.
Manu just hasn’t looked good enough for Newcastle and he’s made just 31 appearances for the club with three goals over two seasons and last term he was injured for most of the season, with a knee injury he picked up in August.
Before coming to Newcastle, Emmanuel had a decent season at Monaco and certainly he could do a job back in Ligue 1 and it would appear that AS Nancy could even be a good fit for him.
Emmanuel is not part of Rafa Benitez’ plans at Newcastle and we expect him to leave this summer and hopefully we can get some of the £6M back in a straight transfer deal before September rolls around.
That would be good business for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.