It’s a miracle…Newcastle United have finally offloaded Emmanuel Riviere.
One of the many disasters of the cunning Mike Ashley/Graham Carr transfer strategy, the player was signed from Monaco in summer 2014.
Declining to push through a move for Alexandre Lacazette who went on to score 91 goals in the next three seasons, United instead went bargain/cheap and Emmanuel Riviere managed one league goal in his three years on the NUFC payroll.
A move to Metz was mooted earlier in the transfer window, only for claims in France that the deal was scuppered due to Emmanuel Riviere wanting his Newcastle wages matched.
Clearly any issues have been resolved and thankfully he is the first of hopefully many to be shipped out in these final six days of the transfer window.
Usually these club statement include the words ‘undisclosed fee’ but on this occasion it does not.
You have to wonder whether this is simply an oversight or have Newcastle actually just had to give him away, to get the player off the wage bill?
Newcastle United official statement:
‘Emmanuel Riviere has completed his move to Ligue 1 side Metz.
The 27-year-old makes the move to the Stade Saint-Symphorien just over three years after joining United from Monaco.
During his time on Tyneside, the French forward also spent time out on loan at Spanish side Osasuna, where he spent the entirety of last season.
Since his arrival in the summer of 2014, Rivière made 31 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies, scoring three goals.’