By Danny Wright
Newcastle have confirmed that Emmanuel Riviere has agreed terms to join Ligue 1 side FC Metz on a permanent basis.
The Magpies announced on their official Twitter account on Friday morning that Riviere, 27, had ended his three-year stay on Tyneside by returning to the French top-flight.
CONFIRMED: Emmanuel Rivière has completed a permanent switch to @FCMetz.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 25, 2017
Metz confirmed on their official Twitter account that the striker had penned a two-year deal with the club.
— FC Metz ☨ (@FCMetz) August 25, 2017
Riviere will no doubt be seen as a very poor signing from the Magpies, having scored just three goals in 31 appearances across all competitions for the club.
He was shipped out on loan to La Liga side Osasuna for the duration of the 2016/17 season, but endured yet another dire campaign as the former Monaco striker failed to find the net in 17 appearances as he was constantly sidelined with injury.
The Daily Mail reported this week that Riviere might not be the only attack-minded player to be leaving St. James’ Park before the transfer window closes next week, with Siem De Jong on the verge of returning to Ajax on a permanent basis.
Football Insider Verdict
Riviere is probably the prime example of how poor Newcastle’s recruitment was a few seasons ago when they kept on signing unproven players from France. After a few seasons on Tyneside, it’s amazing that Riviere lasted this long after scoring just a goal per year for the club while he was getting paid. Thankfully Newcastle fans can now see the back of the impotent Frenchman and his exit will likely boost Rafa Benitez’s transfer and wage budget slightly. The exit of De Jong will also add to this and it may pave the way for one or two new signings to be made for deadline day.