AS Nancy have been linked with Newcastle United’s Emmanuel Riviere.
According to Footmercato, AS Nancy are weighing up a move for Newcastle United’s Emmanuel Riviere.
The French publication claims that the club’s president Lorraine Jacques Rousselot is working on bringing in a French striker from abroad and Newcastle’s Riviere has been identified as the target.
The 26-year-old joined the Magpies from Monaco in 2014, yet despite some success in France he struggled to adapt to the rigours of Premier League football, scoring just once in 23 appearances.
Riviere since lost his way at the club and found himself out of the first-team squad altogether last season.
Since Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, the former France U21 international has been heavily tipped to leave the club and a return to his native France seems on the cards.
The report goes on to say the Newcastle forward doesn’t need much convincing in terms of leaving St. James’ Park, while on the other hand the club will no doubt be glad to have him off the wage bill.
Riviere, 26, doesn’t have a bad career record as he averages roughly one goal per four league games, yet he just couldn’t fit in at Newcastle and struggled with the faster-paced English game.
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will be hoping to keep a number of his better players at the club ahead of their Championship campaign, though trimming an oversized squad will also be a key objective this summer.