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Striker Flies Into Newcastle Ahead Of Transfer As United ‘Win The Race’

6 years ago
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Newcastle United’s search for a striker looks to have reached a conclusion with news that Monaco’s Emmanuel Riviere flew into Newcastle on Tuesday night, ahead of a medical and signing on the dotted line.

A fee is said to have been agreed between the two clubs, with a price of around £6m reported over in France.

As to whether Riviere will be up to the job, you pay your money and take your chance.

While various journalists have described this impending transfer as United ‘winning the race’ to sign the Monaco striker, it was a race that didn’t appear to have had many runners.

While the likes of Gomis and Lasogga appeared to be at the top end of Newcastle’s striker wish list, they and others have signed elsewhere with United not seemingly able to compete successfully for their signatures (While Enner Valencia who Newcastle were linked with, has now signed for West Ham for £15m according to Sky Sports).

Riviere turns 25 in the coming season and his goals totals in the last five league seasons have seen him score, 8, 8, 5, 8 and 10 respectively. Last season, the French striker hardly got a start for Monaco once 33 year old Dimitar Berbatov arrived, a great player in his day but one who could no longer hack it in the Premier League with Fulham.

Emmanuel Riviere has already moved a couple of times in his career between French clubs, for fees of around £3m and £4m.

Like all players coming in, fans will give him their full support, but it is a big ask to expect a striker who wasn’t exactly prolific in the much weaker Ligue 1, to suddenly bang them in for fun in the Premier League.

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