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.’

  • TheFatController

    Crowd funding had raised £3.752m to cover his travel expenses out of here…

    • Rich Lawson

      1st class all the way,bstd !

  • Paul Patterson

    Right, striker or creative midfielder – NOW!!!

    • Jezza

      No chance of that. These final few days of the window will be all about shifting more players out.

      • Rich Lawson

        ”Got a few quid for you here Rafa, Oh! the window seems to have shut !”

      • ToonNL

        To what end if not new players? Sure you’ll free the wage bill, but I cant see that being high on Rafas concerns right now.

        • Jezza

          Yes but Rafa is not in charge of the club’s transfer business, Ashley is and Ashley will be determined to balance the books and recoup the very meagre net spend the club have made this summer.

  • Milo79

    One goal in three years – I could have guaranteed them one goal in three years!

    • Jezza

      Even that was a fluke.

  • Steve Smith

    It’s amazing the short sightedness of the regime.

    If we’d offered the 15 or so million asked for Lacazette at the time we would likely have not been relegated and that £15m player would probably be a £50m player now.

    Same with Aubameyang.

    • Jezza

      True. Ashley’s bargain basement approach to player recruitment has not only been bad for the team it’s also been bad for business. He has missed out on tens of millions of profit by refusing to invest a bit more money. God knows how he ever became a billionaire.

      • Jimblag23

        By sucking off business men under a bridge I heard.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He became a billionaire by being a tight fisted,penny pinching [email protected], a trait which he’s been displaying to NUFC for the last 10 years.

    • nevfur

      I blame Graham Carr, oh wait

    • Marveauxless

      And let’s not forget that we missed out on Dele Alli because MK Don’s were demanding £5 million and we weren’t prepared to pay more than £4 million

      • Jezza

        I believe we lost out on Alli for the sake of 300 grand. A fee of £3.5 million had been agreed but there was an additional 300 grand for something and NUFC refused pay it. Would have been great to have seen Dele Alli turning out in the black and white for 12 to 18 months.

        • TheNutJob

          Jonjo would still have kicked him

      • TheNutJob

        add Dier to that same situation Spurs stumped up we didnt
        value now over £100m

    • Leicester Mag

      Spot on. I tried to think of an analogy for our strategy gave up and concluded it was just plain rucking stupid

    • NUFCDan

      Nah he’d probably be another French ‘flop’ like Cabella or Thauvin. Cast aside after a few indifferent performances. Players normally get worse while playing for us not better.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Speculate to accumulate?

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Penny pinchers who think Donnay instead of North Face

  • Jimblag23

    Hallelujah! Best day of the summer 🎉🎊🎈🎉🎊🎈

    • Jezza

      Well that just perfectly sums up how desperately bad a summer it’s been for transfer business at St James’s Park. Our best day of the summer should have been celebrating the arrival of a striker with a prolific goal scoring record at the highest level. Riviere’s departure should have gone un-noticed.

      • Cuh

        Even if we signed Messi tomorrow, offloading Riviere would still be a highlight of this window!!

    • Toonbadger

      33 1/2p

      • Jimblag23

        Rip off.

  • Tony denslow

    I just hope he’s better at cleaning his new teams boots than he is as a footballer. A major dead weight gone!!!

  • Rich Lawson

    Nice hair,makes you look like The Sphinx (sphincter ?)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Well i predict Joselu will be next summers Riviere

    • Paul Busby

      Joselu at least looks like he has something. I’d say he might be a bit of a Mitrovic.

      Got potential but just not good enough.

      God I hope we’re wrong.

    • Alreet

      There really isnt anything quite like riviere. There were times where i was hoping we were allowed to start with 10 men to exclude him.

      Not sure what metz see in him.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Why? Joselu at least showed desire and a bit around the box interchanging one twos and getting shots off?

  • Alreet

    Get me flags out now. This is almost as good as a new striker coming in. Weight off the wage bill and room in the squad.

  • East Durham Mag

    Just send Penfold out to get another bargain basement striker using all that football knowledge.

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  • TheNutJob

    wonder what we got for him

    • Kevin Stewart

      Early reports suggest a Freddi and half a can of lucozade original.
      Pretty good deal if you ask me

      • Albert Stubbins

        We’ve been had then!!

        • Kevin Stewart

          Shame there’s no chance of Ashley reinvesting.It will go straight to his stomach!

  • Alan Pardew

    I’m so pleased for Manu, he’s worked tirelessly this season.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Yes he’s been a wonderful signing and it’s a sad day for us all today…………..absolutely gutted 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Alreet

    Can someone just check. Just to make sure he really is gone. Its like having that guy over at a party that no one likes but invites himself.

  • Steve Pearce

    With that abysmally stupid hairstyle I’m surprised we even got 50p for him!

    • Peaky Magpie

      Ha ha,yes I thought he was one half of Milli Vanilli when I first saw that photo.

  • HappyToons

    Mike Ashley’s organised a 10 minute round of applause now that he is gone; there will be a 90 minute applause when Mike leaves

  • GToon

    So long mate and thanks for all the goals and the unwavering effort.