Newcastle United Sign Emmanuel Riviere
17 July 2014, 06:23
Emmanuel Rivière has become Newcastle United's fifth signing of the summer, after completing a switch from Monaco.
The 24-year-old French forward, has agreed a long-term contract on Tyneside and arrives for an undisclosed fee.
Born in Martinique, Rivière joined Saint-Étienne from local side Espoir Sainte-Luce in 2005 and rose through their ranks before making his debut in January 2009.
Two-and-a-half years later, the front man was on the move again, this time to Toulouse, where he was a teammate of current Magpie Moussa Sissoko.
Rivière's form for le Téfécé caught the eye of Monaco, who secured his services in January 2013.
The former France Under-21 international helped fire Monaco to the Ligue 2 title in his first few months at the club, before he struck 13 goals in 36 appearances last season.
"I'm very happy to be here at Newcastle.
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."
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said:
"This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve.
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."