By Danny Wright

Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere is in talks with Ligue 1 club Metz, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has told Riviere, 27, to find a new club this summer and it seems that he is close to agreeing a two-year deal to secure a return to the French top-flight with Metz.

Riviere signed for Newcastle from Monaco in 2014, but after scoring just three goals in three years on Tyneside, he has been shown the exit door by Benitez.

It is understood that the Spanish manager is hoping that the sale of Riviere will help him free up some more transfer funds this summer to make further improvements to his first-team squad with transfer deadline day just around the corner.

The former France Under-21 international spent last season on loan with Osasuna in La Liga, but after in an injury hit campaign, he managed to play just 17 times across all competitions, failing to find the net at all.

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The Daily Mail also reports that Siem De Jong is on the verge of leaving St. James’ Park with him poised to return to his former club Ajax.

Football Insider Verdict

Newcastle have a lot of deadwood that needs casting off before the transfer window closes next week. Riviere and De Jong are two of those players that need selling, but it’s unlikely that they will fetch anywhere near as much money as Benitez needs to make significant additions to his squad. Riviere was an awful buy for Newcastle and his lack of goals both on Tyneside and out on loan at Osasuna shows just how dire he actually is. He’s lucky to still be attracting attention from top-flight teams like Metz after the barren run he went on last term. Injuries have played a big part in it, but his move to St. James’ Park seemed to be doomed from the very first moment he kicked a ball there.

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