According to Diario de Navarra. the local news media outlet, there has been a deal agreed between Newcastle United and La Liga club Osasuna for the permanent transfer of Newcastle’s 26 year-old French striker Emmanuel Riviere.
The transfer is said to be imminent and the deal will be closed in the “coming hours.”
Emmanuel Riviere – permanent move to Osasuna
Riviere has had a tough time of things in the last two years at Newcastle since he signed on for £6M from Monaco in the summer of 2014.
It will be interesting to see how much the fee is for the 15 times capped French U-21 striker (6 goals), who played only 31 times with 3 goals and one assist for the Magpies in his two year stay on Tyneside.
Newcastle have done a good job this summer of moving out players who are now surplus to requirements under new manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa does not rate the Frenchman and it was obvious even during last season that Riviere doesn’t have a future in English football – he was another one of the failed French signings by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Ivory Coast International midfielder Cheick Tiote is also expected to be signed permanently by Galatasaray shortly – and the two players leaving will help reduce the wage bill at Newcastle.
Cheick is in Turkey right now after traveling there yesterday – and if all goes well he will take his medical and sign for the Turkish giants today.