News from France that Lille are interested in taking Emmanuel Riviere on loan…

…but only if Newcastle are prepared to still pay a large proportion of his wages.

According to Le10sport, Riviere still has his fans on the other side of the Channel after his spell at Monaco and clubs, especially Lille, are keen to take him on a temporary basis, at least at first.

However, whilst Emmanuel Riviere didn’t look anywhere near Premier League quality last season (one league goal all season), he is getting decent Premier League level wages which are far above what the average player gets in France.

With also the added complication that due to the higher taxes for big earners in France, the Newcastle striker would actually have to earn more if playing in Ligue 1 to achieve the same take home pay.

Lille have already enquired about Yoan Gouffran as reported by the French media, but they see Emmanuel Riviere as a striker who can give much needed strength to their attack, as well as scoring goals.

Lille are mid-table in 11th place but it isn’t hard to see where their strengths and weaknesses are.

Only the top two clubs have conceded less than Lille’s 12 goals in 18 matches, whilst on the other hand only bottom club Troyes have scored less than Lille’s 14 goals.

With Emmanuel Riviere on his way back from a knee injury, there looks no chance of any first team football with currently Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez and even Siem de Jong ahead of him in the queue to play in the forward position(s).

At the time he signed it was claimed that Newcastle had given Riviere a massive six year contract, which by my reckoning still has four and a half years to run.

The policy of handing out five year contracts or longer continues to be a massive negative for the club, currently we have Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux seeing out the final months of their five year deals.

Neither of the two wingers having contributed much on the pitch but Newcastle finding it impossible to sell either of them, due to the level of their wages compared to ability.