We had thought that Manu Riviere would be sold to Turkish club Osmanlispor soon and we thought that would be very good for Newcastle to unload a player who is nowhere near good enough to play for the Magpies.
But the surprising news today is that French club Metz has almost hijacked the potential Turkey deal.
The report is in French newspaper L’Equipe who are now saying the French club has nearly completed a permanent deal to sign the 27-year-old striker.
Manu Riviere in action for Newcastle first team
There have been talks going on with the Turkish club Osmanlispor for sure about the transfer of Emmanuel Riviere., but French club Metz is reported to be confident they can now persuade the Newcastle striker to move back to France to play his football.
But the big (positive) surprise today is that French club Metz is reported to be confident they can now persuade the Newcastle striker to move back to France to play his football.
Well, would you believe it!
Manu did play very well in the season before he arrived at Newcastle playing for Monaco and scoring 13 goals in 36 games for the club.
Of all the players we have to move out of the club this summer we thought Manu would be the most difficult one to transfer – after we paid what now looks like a huge £6M for the player three years ago.
Riviere also had a terrible loan spell in Spain for last season at Osasuna when he failed to score a goal in 15 games and wasn’t always on the bench.
Osasuna was relegated from La Liga last season.
It would be good news indeed if we can remove Manu permanently from the Newcastle wage bill.
And maybe Rafa and Lee can get all the players out and our transfer targets in this summer after all.
What do you think?