Emmanuel Riviere is now a striker in demand.

Despite only one league goal in the three years since Newcastle were duped into paying £6m to Monaco, the 27 year old now has a number of clubs fighting for his services.

Earlier in July, the French media claimed that Metz were working on a deal to take Emmanuel Riviere back to France to help cure their own goalscoring problems, after being the sixth lowest goalscorers in Ligue 1 last season.

However, Thursday brought news from Turkey that Turkish SuprLig club Osmanlıspor had been in negotiations with both Newcastle United and the player’s representatives, with a move set to be announced shortly.

However, L’equipe now say that whilst there has been talks going on with the Turkish club, Metz have now moved to complete a deal and persuade Riviere to come back to Ligue 1.

The French newspaper says that Metz are confident the transfer will now happen and Newcastle will at long last shift a player who looked certain to go the way of Marveaux and Obertan, with NUFC having to eventually pay up their contracts to get rid of them.

if Emmanuel Riviere is on his way then it can only give us confidence that Rafa Benitez can shift other unwanted players, with it giving a helping hand to landing his own transfer targets.

Emmanuel Riviere is perhaps the player who more than most, underlines the disaster that was the failed Mike Ashley/Graham Carr transfer strategy.

Some 46 signings were made using the Carr/Ashley model before Rafa Benitez arrived, trying to cheat the system by always looking (almost always abroad) for players under a certain age who would/could increase in value.

Rather than buying for the here and now, massive gambles were taken with the club, which led to a number of close shaves with relegation before Ashley managed a second one only seven years after the previous one under his ownership.

Emmanuel Riviere was signed in summer 2014 as Newcastle were desperate for a striker, Loic Remy had scored the goals to keep Newcastle safe the previous season when on loan, but the club desperately needed a quality forward to make sure they’d have a decent 2014/15.

After refusing to pay the price tag on some promising strikers, including a then 23 year old Alexandre Lacazette, Newcastle somehow thought Emmanuel Riviere was the answer.

Only once in his career had the striker managed double figures in a league season and that was only 10 for Monaco in 2013/14.

In the three years since Newcastle paid £6m for Riviere, he has scored one league goal, and that was a total fluke as he hit the ball off his other boot to confuse the QPR keeper (in the three years since Newcastle signed Riviere, Lacazette has scored 91 goals for Lyon in all competitions, and being called up by France, before Arsenal paid around £46m for him this summer).

Newcastle only surviving on the last day of the 2014/15 season thanks to Jonas Gutierrez inspiring the team to a 2-0 win over West Ham on the final day.

After a 2015/16 season of few Newcastle United appearances and fewer goals (none), Emmanuel Riviere found himself on loan to Osasuna last (2016/17) season.

The club were relegated from La Liga with only 22 points and Emmanuel Riviere didn’t manage to score a single goal.

  • Wor Lass

    Using lacazette as an example underlines the fact that the policy that failed was Ashley`s rather than Carr`s. I`m not a fan of Carr and I think his influence was way above what it should have been but he did identify a lot of decent players who would have changed our fortunes if Fatso had stumpeds up for them. Lacazette, Aubameyang, Remy, Bony, Grenier and even good old Gomis spring to mind. I`m sure there were others but I can`t remember them off-hand. All clubs try to buy young and cheap like this to some extent but also bring through youngsters from their academy and make the odd marquee signing. Our problem was that it was our ONLY policy and fatty wanted it on the cheap.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i agree but anybody can produce a list of good players it`s buying them that matters & Nufc have missed out a truck load
      Delli Ali, Dier £5m each the club wouldn`t pay the fee
      total worth now in excess of £100m

      • mentalman

        we matched spurs for Ali but he wanted to stay in the south close to home.

        Carr also suggested Giroud and Griezman, the problem was after Carr’s two biggest successes in Tiote and Cabaye, as soon as we showed any interest in a player even with a low profile, other clubs started to have a look and we ended up being out muscled by champions league teams

        • Leazes Ender

          Do you know if spurs receive money from Stadium advertising or do they also give it away free of charge….. and what about that land around their stadium the fools are building a large structure on it instead of student accommodation….

          …….somebody should tell them they’re doing it all wrong.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            completely irrelevant as ever.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Did we now, at the time the chron reported that Penfold had bid £1m less than the asking price on each player.
          it`s one of the few times the chron may have been right

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Nobody wants the truth, you can add to that a number of players that would have been under the radar but agents would put the word out that we were after player x, others would be interested because of Carr’s reputation in the game.

          • HarryHype59

            Carrs’s credibility ended some time ago. His legacy is a bench full of toxic assets who are worth far less than the club paid for them.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            But that is true of many clubs, they all have bad buys, we don’t have that many. Rivierre is your go to example but very few thought he would be rubbish when he came from Monaco. Funnily enough, Martial was mentioned yesterday who had very similar back story at Monaco and Man U spent daft money on him but you don’t hear him spoken of as a toxic asset. We don’t have that many failures, a few have been unlucky with injury, Good & SDJ but that happens in sport.

          • HarryHype59

            “We don’t have many” bad buys!

            Priceless! Now I know you are just a wind up merchant!

            I suppose getting relegated again in 2016 had nowt to do with poor player recruitment?

            This club will be very lucky to be in the top flight next season as the mistakes of the past are being repeated!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The last time we were relegated with a side worthy of bottom 3 was 88/89. In 2016, we did not have a bottom 3 team nor did we in 2009. It was bad luck in 2009 and management fell apart in 2016.

          • HarryHype59

            The league table never lies over the course of a season. With better management both the 2009 and 2016 teams could have avoided the drop. Your beloved Mike keeps appointing duck eggs as managers. I hope Rafa is the exception, but I have been underwhelmed by his signings to date. I would take 17th place right now! It is going to be a hard slog next season!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            In 2009, we were unlucky with JFK having a heart relapse and appointing Shearer was a mistake.

            2016, McClaren turned out to be the wrong guy, on paper I’d have thought he’d work but the fixture list meant a hard start and the West Ham away game seemed to trigger problems. Nevertheless,been had a side to finish in the top half.

      • hetonmag

        Plus Van Dik.

    • Kneebotherm8

      If Ashley had speculated then he would have accumulated.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    competition for Manu Riviere

  • Paul Patterson

    In the exclusive club of classic Newcastle striker duck eggs. With Andreas Andersson and Stephane Guivarch.

    • Down Under Mag

      Or Jon Dahl Tomasson who went on to star for AC Milan? or maybe Rossi who went on to play for Italy? Just because a player is misused here it doesn’t mean they are a bad player and won’t go on to things after they leave. not all players who fail here are duck eggs…sometimes they are just under a bad manager or not given adequate chance.

  • Leicester Mag

    The idea of clubs fighting over Riviere is astonishing may be Souness has advised then he’s Thierry Henry’s lost cousin

    • Leazes Ender

      His record away from SJP is in marked contrast….. strange things happen here.

  • Antenociticus

    The Chronicle have mentioned a 5 Million fee for Riviere, seriously! Is that how much we have to pay to unload him?
    If Metz are really interested I would imagine they’d get him, the current political situation in Turkey can’t be too attractive to players.

    • Toonl

      Money talks and life will continue as normal for elites in Turkey.

      But thank god. There is hope we can shift our deadwood

  • MadMag83

    Makes you wonder if Monaco are pulling a fast one with the likes of Mbappe. Whatever Metz are offering just take it and get shot of him.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      A year or so later Monaco did it with Martial, a lot more money and in hindsight, a half season wonder.

      RIVIERRE though was always a forward rather than a striker. Slightly misused by Pardew (I think as part of a power struggle with Carr) but clearly a very delicate confidence as that was shot within a couple of games.

  • Rich Lawson

    He’s meant to be a striker but doesn’t score goals,they can’t have watched him play,why would they want him ? That aside,great to see him go (glad to see you go,go,go yeah !)