As we reported yesterday Newcastle’s Emmanuel Riviere is set to join La Liga club Osasuna, and there’s a report out today in French newspaper L’Equipe with more details on the move.
At first we thought it was a permanent deal, but they are reporting the 26-year-old former Monaco striker will go out on loan for next season.
Emmanuel Riviere – one year deal at Osasuna
Emmanuel has just one year to go on his three year deal he signed at Newcastle two years ago, when we signed him for a high £6M from Monaco.
Since he will become a free agent next summer, if he joins the Spanish club permanently it will presumably be for nothing.
That would mean we would lose all £6M on him over a short three years – a very poor financial deal for Newcastle.
But there should be more clarification on this deal today.
He is certainly not in the plans of manager Rafa Benitez and it is good for the 26 year-old to leave Newcastle, so he can get some playing time in La Liga next season and get his career back on track.
It will remove Emmanuel’s wages from Newcastle’s wage bill, but he was another very poor and expensive signing from France by Chief Scout Graham Carr.
The 15 times capped French U-21 striker (6 goals) played only 31 times with 3 goals and one assist for Newcastle 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.
However, Cheick Tiote’s proposed move to Galatasaray was finally called off yesterday after he failed his medical.
We will have to wait and see if Cheick can join some other club in the next couple of days with the Ivory Coast midfielder having another four offers on the table for his services.
It’s still possible Cheick can find a club before tomorrow night at 11:00 pm when the transfer window finally slams shut.
For his own sake we hope he does just that.