Newcastle finally look set to offload unwanted striker Emmanuel Riviere, with French reports confirming that he is on the verge of a move to Ligue 1 side Metz.
Whilst news emerged yesterday that the Frenchman was in talks with Turkish side Osmanlispor, L’Equipe report that Metz have now moved to complete a deal and have persuaded Riviere to make his Ligue 1 return.
As Newcastle’s French failings go, Riviere is right up there and his exit will be a welcome one.
Riviere arrived at St. James’ Park from Monaco for £6m in the summer of 2014, with Alan Pardew stating “This is an important signing because the striking area is one we had to improve. We know he will score goals.” upon his arrival.
Four years on and Alan couldn’t have been more wrong. The Frenchman has went on to score 3 goals in his last 46 games since arriving at Newcastle – failing to score a single goal during his season-long loan spell in La Liga last season.
His exit will now free up the wage bill, cut down Benitez’s overcrowded squad and create room for much needed striker reinforcements in the weeks to come.