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 10 best free agents on the market this summer
The 10 best free agents on the market this summer
1/8 Guillermo Ochoa
The Mexican goalkeeper rose to fame thanks to his brilliant performance against Brazil in the World Cup. The 28-year-old, who left Ajaccio at the end of the season, has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
2/8 Rio Ferdinand
Both halves of Manchester United’s famous central defence for the past eight years are leaving this summer. Nemanja Vidic is off to Italy to play for Internazionale while Rio Ferdinand was told at the weekend that United would not be renewing his contract. Ferdinand said last week that if United did not offer him a new deal that he would be “open to offers” but joked that he “would not go below the Conference”. That is unlikely to be an issue as there should be no shortage of clubs looking for a defender of his experience. Queen’s Park Rangers, should they come up, are managed by Ferdinand’s old mentor Harry Redknapp, while even bigger teams like Arsenal could be tempted.
3/8 Diego Lugano
The Uruguay captain hit the headlines in Brazil for the wrong reasons as his complete denial that team-mate Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini when everyone else could see it. His contract with West Brom is up for renewal, but the 33-year-old is unlikely to remain in the Premier League.
4/8 Nicolas Anelka
Sacked by West Brom last season for his controversial 'Quenelle' gesture, Anelka has not yet confirmed whether he will sign for a new club - should anyone want him - or announce his retirement.
5/8 Frank Lampard
As with Terry and Cole, Lampard’s Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season and he is likely to follow Terry in signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Lampard is not the dynamic presence in midfield that he once was, and he started only 20 Premier League games this season. But as his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad demonstrated, his experience and presence are invaluable and he is more than worth having around. That said, if he does not renew at Chelsea, there would surely be offers from abroad, not least from long-time suitors LA Galaxy.
6/8 Marouane Chamakh
The Moroccan striker has completed a one-year deal at Crystal Palace that could barely have gone much better. Since he was entrusted with a role as a withdrawn striker by Tony Pulis in December, he has been excellent, scoring five goals and helping to drag Palace out of the relegation zone and into safety. Chamakh will be discussing his future with the club soon but he said last week that agreeing a new deal at Palace was his “priority”, after building an excellent rapport with the fans and playing his best football since his arrival in England from France in 2010. If not, he would like to stay in the Premier League.
7/8 Samuel Eto'o
The striker did not cover himself in glory at the 2014 World Cup, as Cameroon's campaign was blighted by a money row over bonuses and poor performances in Brazil that saw them eliminated at the group stages. However, the Champions League winner will still have a number of clubs interested in his services, with Arsenal being linked in recent weeks.
8/8 Nicklas Bendtner
Despite a fairly successful season by his standards, Nicklas Bendtner is on his way out of Arsenal. The Dane has scored twice this year, in wins over Hull and Cardiff, but he fell behind Yaya Sanogo in the pecking order while not always conducting himself immaculately off the pitch. He turned down moves away from Arsenal last summer that would have meant pay cuts but this summer he must be hopeful of maximising his value as a free agent.
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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