We reported recently there were several clubs interested in signing 26 year-old Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere, who we bought from Monaco two years ago for £6M.
The French striker has not played at all for Newcastle this pre-season although it looks like he has still been injured, but in any case he is not in Rafa’s plans at Newcastle and will be allowed to leave the club if we get a decent offer for him before September.
Emmanuel Riviere – in action for Newcastle
Newcastle will be looking to recoup the £6M we paid out to bring him to Newcastle, but Manu’s been a disappointing acquisition by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
France Football are reporting that Bundesliga club Hamburg are interested in signing the 6ft tall striker, who has scored 3 goals in 28 appearances for the Magpies.
Hamburg have some older strikers on their books and they are looking to bring in the 26 year-old to add some youth and physical prowess up front.
The fee is said to be €7.5M – which converts to £6.38 – so that sounds about right.
Riviere will be happy enough that clubs are interested in him this summer and two top clubs said to be keen to sign him include Greek side Olympiacos and his former club AS Monaco.
We’d be surprised if As Monaco are really interested in their former striker however, after he had had a poor two years on Tyneside and he’s been injured a lot of the time.
Newcastle want to transfer the 26 year-old permanently or send him on a loan – with an obligation to buy when he’s played a certain number of games.
The main thing is to get the striker off Newcastle’s wage bill for this season.
Other players still likely to leave Newcastle before the end of the transfer window are 30 year-old holding midfielder Cheick Tiote and 26 year-old French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko who is hoping his dream club – it’s now Real Madrid apparently – will sign him.
Transferring those two well-paid players will help to further decrease the Newcastle wage bill and keep it at least manageable for this season down in the Championship.
But the Mirror’s report today that Rafa Benitez wants to sell top striker Aleksandar Mitrovic before the end of this transfer window because he doesn’t trust him to keep his cool in games – appears to be totally inaccurate.
That’s good, because we need players who can put the ball in the back of the net and Aleksandar could have a stellar season for us this term.
The 26 times capped Serbian international scored 9 Premier League goals in 36 appearances for us last season.