Emmanuel Riviere joins Newcastle: Alan Pardew admits he 'cannot wait' to see French striker in action
Former Monaco striker completes his move to St James' Park to become the fifth signing of the summer
Thursday 17 July 2014
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was delighted to have strengthened his attacking options with the signing of forward Emmanuel Riviere on Wednesday night.
The Frenchman has joined the Magpies from Monaco on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee and becomes Newcastle's fifth signing of the summer.
Fellow new recruit Ayoze Perez also strengthens the forward ranks on Tyneside but, following the exits of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, Pardew is happy to have more firepower at his disposal.
"This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve," Pardew told the club's official website.
"We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.
"He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name.
"I am really looking forward to integrating Emmanuel in the group and cannot wait to see him in action for us."
The former France Under-21 international, who scored 13 goals in 36 appearances last season for Monaco, is looking forward to testing himself in England.
"I'm very happy to be here at Newcastle," he said. "When the club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.
"My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that."
His signature continues a successful summer for Pardew, who has already secured the services of Perez, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong ahead of the 2014-15 season.
The Magpies are also waiting for Daryl Janmaat to formally complete his switch from Feyenoord after his proposed unveiling was postponed on Tuesday, although the delay was purely administrative.
The 24-year-old will replace Mathieu Debuchy, whose proposed move to Arsenal has been on hold while Newcastle complete their deal for Janmaat.
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