A week ago Emmanuel Riviere was said to be the subject of negotiations between Newcastle United and Osasuna.
Now Monday morning brings news that the deal is completed and the striker’s move to La Liga will be announced today.
Diario de Navarra report that the transfer has been agreed, though no details as to whether it will be a permanent deal or a loan with a view to one. The earlier reports had suggested it would be an initial loan arrangement.
The French striker was pulled out of nowhere by Steve McClaren to start what proved to be the Head Coach’s final match against Bournemouth, Riviere making his one and only start under the doomed McClaren in that 3-1 home defeat that sparked his eventual sacking.
Rafa Benitez totally ignored Riviere when he arrived last season and the Frenchman hasn’t been sighted so far this season.
Promoted to La Liga, Osasuna started their campaign with a decent 1-1 away draw at Malaga but lost 2-0 at home ro Real Sociedad on Saturday and are desperate for extra striking options.
Now aged 26, Riviere has scored one league goal in his two seasons at St James Park after a £6m move from Monaco.
The striker was given a ridiculously long six year contract when he arrived at Newcastle and needless to say, somehow getting him out of the club via even a loan deal will be a step forward for NUFC.
However, as with so many of these failed Graham Carr overseas signings, no doubt Newcastle will have to subsidise Riviere’s wages if they are to get Osasuna to take him on.