The Evening Chronicle suggest that Alan Pardew’s men have the chance to sign the 24-year-old attacker – but should they?
Newcastle’s dip in form of late means that the majority of the St James’ Park faithful are counting the days until this season is over and a summer rebuilding process can begin.
Alan Pardew’s men are expected to change things up in the summer, with a number of players such as Hatem Ben Arfa expected to be sold.
Inevitably new additions will come, with the latest rumbling in the Evening Chronicle suggesting that the club have been offered Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere.
The report claims that the Tyneside club is weighing up whether to move for the French attacker, but what do we know about him?
- Riviere is a 24-year-old centre forward who has fallen out of favour slightly at Monaco since the January arrival of Dimitar Berbatov. With the Stade Louis II outfit sure to splurge the cash this summer, Riviere is said to be available.
- He has represented France at age-grade level from under-16’s through to under-21’s – scoring six goals in 15 outings for the latter.
- A product of the Saint-Etienne youth academy, he played in the club’s senior side for two years. His mentor as he made the step into professional football was ex-Portsmouth and West Ham forward Frederic Piquionne.
- Toulouse signed the attacker for around €6 million in 2011, before Monaco bought him in January 2013 for €4 million.
- Riviere has netted ten Ligue 1 goals this season in 27 outings – 17 of those appearances in the starting XI. He is valued at around £4.5 million and has been linked with a move to Stoke in the past.
Some of Riviere’s goals and best moments for Monaco – along with his Nani-esque back flip celebration – can be seen here.
The Chronicle suggests that Newcastle have others in their sights and will turn Riviere down – but should they?