By Danny Wright

Newcastle confirmed on Friday that Emmanuel Riviere become the second striker to be sold by the club this summer – and fans have shown on Twitter their delight at seeing the back of the Frenchman.

The Magpies announced on their official Twitter account on Friday morning that Riviere, 27, has agreed terms with Ligue 1 side FC Metz, where he has now penned a two-year deal.

In three years on the books at St. James’ Park, Riviere scored just three goals in 31 appearances across all competitions and was shipped out on loan to Osasuna last season in La Liga, where his form failed to improve.

He didn’t manage to find the net in 17 total appearances in Spain, but now it is on the former Monaco striker to find his form back in his home nation with Metz.

Understandably, Newcastle fans weren’t distraught about seeing the goal-shy forward leave Tyneside.

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One fan even joked that relegation is now “confirmed” for the club with Riviere gone.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Riviere is the second striker to be sold from St. James’ Park this summer after Nottingham Forest signed Daryl Murphy while Sammy Ameobi also left on a free transfer.

Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic remain to be Rafa Benitez’s main options to lead the attack this season, but it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Serbian international with the Chronicle reporting that teams have tabled bids for him recently.

In other Newcastle news, this 25-year-old looks to have made his final appearance for the club with teams circling him for his signature.

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