By Will Butcher

Three European clubs are keeping close tabs on Newcastle flop Emmanuel Riviere, according to a report.

French magazine France Football claim Olympiakos, Rennes and Hamburg are all keen on the striker, 26.

It is said that Riviere could leave St James’ Park on a loan-to-buy deal in the same way as Florian Thauvin, who joined Marseille on loan earlier in the week.

The former France under-21 international moved to Tyneside for around £6million last summer, after impressing in the red and white of Ligue 1 giants Monaco.

Riviere has failed to deliver in England, scoring just three goals in 34 Magpies appearances.

He has three years remaining on his Newcastle contract but is deemed surplus to requirements after slipping behind Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez in the club’s forward pecking order.

Riviere’s reputation in France is good one after spells at Toulouse, Saint Etienne and Monaco.

The foreard was a mainstay for all three sides and scored 36 goals and supplied 16 assists in 147 Ligue 1 appearances.

Newcastle have been very busy in the transfer market so far, welcoming eight new signings which have cost almost £50million. Senior Premier League stars Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Mohamed Diame have all put pen to paper on deals with the North East side.

In other Newcastle news, ex-Magpie Joey Barton has given his opinion on Newcastle’s Championship prospects.