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Unbelievable As Newcastle Striker Suddenly In Big Demand

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.

Hope so.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare the repost

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    PMSL demand for Riviere? The only demand he will have if from the tax man…… or maybe HMRC wanting their cut of his publicity fees.

  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Don’t see the need for the change of mood. Rafa is here because he wants to be and is aware of the financial realities he has to work in by doing so. He is wheeling and dealing accordingly and whilst it is likely that we won’t sign a player for in excess of £25m neither would it surprise me if we beat our record but would probably involve big money for Mitro first.

    Everyone’s mood was picking up because of the pace of new signings now some are back in doom and gloom. Rafa wants the fans to back him and club – that means us lot as well 🙂

  • giimps

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s hardly going to come out and say we still have £60m in the kitty is he even if we had it, he’s keeping his cards close to his chest, who’s going to blink first and is he bluffing?
    Once we free up the wage bill a bit we will see if he’s bluffing or serious about our kitty.

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5


    I don’t see too much doom and gloom here, I think we all understand the problems Rafa is facing. But even with a full squad and very little cash to spend I can still see Rafa bringing in some decent players, enough at least to keep us in the money league.

    Some fans are worried because we won’t see any marquee signings, it’s natural, and this window was always going to be difficult for us, having to ship players out more for space than the need for cash is an uphill task, especially when the players in question can’t even get a pre – season game.

  • expatmag

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    If we can get a couple of million for him and remove him from our wage bill, it is another good arrow in the the direction upwards.

    Get rid of a couple more like Lazaars krul and Colback Saveit and thats a few more dollars off the wage bill and 10 million quid or so towards new signings.

    We wont be getting Batasuayi but we may getanother Chelsea youngster on loan.

    One more thing, with the service and pace in tjus team, Gayle will be unstoppable. Defences will be worried by our pace.

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree mate, and when you have good passes of the ball like Shelvey and Merino who can thread the ball forward for our pacy front men then defenses will be less likely to push forward leaving themselves open at the back.

  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8


    Pretty much my thinking as well. Rafa doesn’t give anything away to press but is he really expected to be more revealing at a fans gathering as that would only be between him and the fans? He is being circumspect but trying to also respect the fans who have paid for the evening in his answers.

    He is clearly frustrated but hasn’t said at what. He is still here, seems very happy to be so and we have some new players and possibility of those he no longer requires moving on (and possibly for money). My glass is still more than half full so far 🙂

  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9


    Just reading through this morning after Secret Sausage’s report on fans gathering e.g Jail for one, left me feeling some’s mood on here was deflated.

  • firebug666

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10


    It’s to be expected mate, but hardly Doom and Gloom, a little disappointed, like you were expecting a Bently but ended up with a mini cooper, both will get you where you want to go, but one lacks a little quality and style. 😀

    Rafa was open and honest with the lads last night and stated that he was staying, and a bit happier that early in the transfer window, so alls good.

  • toontaff2

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Keep the good fight going with the health, ED.
    This story shows miracles do happen!

  • tomellifred360

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    In today’s inflated transfer market we will be lucky to pick up any fee for Riviere. The clubs priority will be to simply get him off the wage bill.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s great that Rafa sounded optimistic. If he can instil self-belief & get the team well-organised then we should survive our first season back.

  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14


    Rafa has made clear to all which players are not in his squad and whilst some may stick around until contract ends I hope something can transpire for the benefit of players and club.

    Rafa has clearly accepted the limitations of his budget compared to the existing please clubs and was confirmed of working within it. Only issue is the larger than expected inflation of prices. I defy anyone to say they saw the full extent of the stupid prices and wages now apparent and probably rising further.

    As some other poster said a while back he is looking to fine tune last season’s system but with an upgrade on some positions as budget allows. A project takes time and in my opinion it is heading in right direction in the main even if not as quickly as I and others would like but as ever it is difficult not to be impatient as an NUFC fan

  • magscar

    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Please clubs should be PL thanks auto correct

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I remember Rivi’s debut well; early in the game he broke clear from the half way line, anticipation turned to disappointment when rather than running clear, he shot from 40 yards straight at the goalie! It’s been downhill ever since! Lol

  • Sav

    Jul 28, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Hope springs eternal and clearly there are always going to be coaches who think they have what it takes to get another 10% or 20% from someone else’s unwanted player. Even fams hope somehow pulling on their club shirt might do the trick. I just can’t help wondering if, shopping on the bottom shelf as we are, we aren’t guilty of some of that irrational optimism. One thing about Rafa, if he makes a gaff (Lazaar, Sels etc.) he doesn’t mess about over admitting it and shipping them back out.

  • cyprus

    Jul 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #18

    If you can really judge Rivi on what YOU saw, and not just once or twice, raise your hand.

    Thought so.

    Good luck to you man, wherever you end up.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 28, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Just looking at my flight radar of planes taking off from the TOON
    Diven’t kna if that’s the TOON taken off from the Airport – Eurowings Airbus to Dusseldorf not a usual scheduled flight me thinks


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