This Is Good News For Newcastle Striker


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.

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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.

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97 comments so far

  • kilcline

    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #1

    £6.38 is a bit steep for that waste of space.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder are they interested in any of other unwanted players ? 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Yer right Kilcline. That’s why we should offer them the rest of the deed wood.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Belfast. – Yeah right. How’s it going mate? Am I talking to the right Buster Belfast? What’s all that about? The price of being a blog legend!

    Have to say I was not overly surprised by our flat performance and had said it would take time to gel . It’s a hell of a long haul and we need the sort of balance Rafa mentioned in his broadcast to the Geordie nation. This is not the best place to have to face those who only ever see black or white and no shades of grey.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #5

    We will make money on Rivi? Wasn’t it 6mill euros we paid?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Yer right it’s me.

    Enquiries currently ongoing, but I think it’s probably Tsunki. Well he’s Prime suspect at the moment anyway. 🙂

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  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    50 shades of black’nwhite
    Football pornography

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    It was 50 shades of shite on Friday night!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Did someone say janmaat is going to be class? Doubt it. Not the quickest for a start. Good enough for Juve? Not even slughtly

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki is in need of a makeover back to his kitchen fitter sketch days !

    Eagerly awaiting a proven goalscorer to come in. Likely to be someone we’ve not thought off like the majority of signings. Ritchie looks a class act on his favoured right side. The tempo was not quite right wig so many newcomers but it takes time to blend..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #11

    6 consecutive matches that should us a lot about our club and how it will do this season lads. Beginning Aug. 27th Brighton, Derby, QPR, Wolves, Villa and Norwich. If we can gather 12 points or more from those 6 I’ll be satisfied.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #12

    should read should tell us of course.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib, nice post on Sissoko, without the dodgy editing. It’s like an interview with a different person. Very interesting, shows that the British press has some sort of agenda against the idea of Newcastle not being in turmoil. There was no disrespect towards the club or the fans in that interview. Then again, when have the press ever let the truth spoil a good story?
    Looking forward to being back inside SJP on Saturday, when 50k geordies will be 100% behind the team and manager. Nothing wrong with criticising tactics or players’ performanes, but some of it has been hysterical. One game a season does not make. Rafa was seething in his interview, but kept it under control. Clearly that was not how he instructed the team to play, as it was nothing like the tactics displayed in pre season, but he doesn’t normally slate his players in public, so why start after one game? He’ll sort it out, no need to panic. If we’re still pointless by Wednesday night, it might mean something, but not yet. Apart from Norwich, none of the really fancied teams got off to the flier they expected.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I would be happy to cut our loses on this guy.
    A bad bad buy from the offset by another Carr failure.
    Hopefully a new CF will be brought in to help with goals we lack at present

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #15

    We’ve had so many player acquisition disasters over the Ashley tenure. It’s a repeating nightmare. Just to name a few Rivi, both De Jongs, Obertongs, Thaujam, Cabella, Marveaux, Xisco (remember him?), Cacapa (remember him?), Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez (thank you Dennis Wise), Fitz Hall, Fabrice Pancreas. It just goes on and on like a nightmare.

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  • toon22

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #16

    We need 2 new strikers,Rivi and Goffy are needing selling.
    Both need to be good in the air.

    Goofy is listed as a striker? on the NUFC roster.

    LOL

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  • Yo-yo

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #17

    All the dead legs brought in by Carr are beginning to create a log jam, as getting them off the books is essential before Rafa get his full squad.
    Don’t have a problem with Tiote moving off to get a payday as he is on the downward curve of his career and will want a decent contract.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Got to say how distraught I felt when McCormack left the field holding his hamstring. 😉 Unfortunately he walked off so it might be just a twinge. Like to hear the Villa’s chairman quotes now, after having a dig at us for losing at Fulham. He didn’t look too happy on the box like. Karma.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Just to be clear: Hamburg pays us 7.5 million euros, and not the other way around?

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Ron, does sound too good to be true like. 😉

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Toon 22

    We need a lot more than 2 new strikers my friend !!

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Ron

    Hopefully that 7.5 mill will go towards buying us a left back we have been after for abt 3 year

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #23

    Bobby

    Like when Palace paid good money for Pardew!

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Ron, funny old world we live in!

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #25

    jazzy

    There’s talk of Brendan Galloway.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Ron

    Loan mate is it for the youngster ??
    Would have preferred a permanent to come in if he is.
    We were linked with the Rico kid for weeks but that has past by. I like Mbabu myself but unfortunately he cannot stay injury free

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  • Jib

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #27

    GeordieTwo //We’ve had so many player acquisition disasters over the Ashley tenure. It’s a repeating nightmare.

    What a strange post

    A bit like a nagging wife

    “She wouldn’t let it lie” (in a Vic Reeves voice)

    Cacapa was signed in August 2007 2 months after Ashley bought his first shares in the Toon and was first mentioned as an Allardyce target in the Spring when Fat Frddy was praying for a miracle.

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Ron Knee, Palace who went on to finish in their highest ever league position that season and continue to ply their trade in the premier league?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #29

    Ron Knee,
    Is that the same Palace that after finishing in their highest league spot went last season not securing their safety until two games to go??

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #30

    We looked like a relegated side that had a modest net spend on squad changes. That of course is what we are.

    Most people seemed to be predicting us as league winners. Do you still reckon that? Or do we have to spend a whole lot more and you are reckoning we will?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #31

    I hope to see some more signings this week

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  • Average_Contents

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Ron

    Is that the same palace who won twice in 5 months?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Is that the same palace that are going to be relegated this season

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  • toon kk

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #34

    Blackley
    Another two or three games will show us what we’re all about this season.
    Whether we’re an astablidged championship club or promotion candidates remains to be seen. You can’t write us off after one game though.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Friday’s game was not the way Rafa wanted us to play, you could tell from the way he looked in his interview afterwards. He looked well pissed off!

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Colback played like someone on the verge of losing his spot, although he’s a player you’d imagine would handle that correctly and respond by fighting for his spot.

    The side that started at Fulham did have a Championship look about it, but was competitive, probably good for a point, and most importantly we still have more substantial players to draft in as Rafa gets his message across to the new boys.

    Pogba reported to be taking his medical at Man U, so that’s the first domino down towards Sissoko’s departure. The quality of his replacement will be critical.

    If we can nab another Ritchie, keep Tiote, off load Rivierre, and bring in a genuine target man to compete with Mitro, we can then justifiably be very confident, but of course the transfer market is a most uncertain place.

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  • posada

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #37

    I can’t believe this player is injured. Injured doing what.
    Would anyone really be daft enough to pay serious money for him.
    He’s one of a number just waiting for the move out.
    When you look at the players on our books that contribute nothing its crazy.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    No, no no Shirebrook. Rafa set them up to play that way and miss hit almost every adventurous pass, you could see him screaming at Anita to hoof the ball twenty yards wide and over Gayle head.

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  • Pat On The Heed

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Lol those clubs that narrowly escape relegation or may be relegated in the future. Embarrassing or what. No, no actually being relegated is surely the way forward lads.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #40

    Jimmy,
    The beauty of a bigger squad is that Colback could and should be dropped for his performance. He has obviously got into a habit of knowing that even if his standards drop then he’ll play again anyway, hopefully his woeful display on Friday, substitution and bench on Saturday will make them all think twice about putting in a display like that.

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