EMMANUEL Riviere is set to become Newcastle United’s sixth summer signing.
The Magpies are understood to be close to signing the Monaco striker.
Manager Alan Pardew confirmed United’s interest in £6m-rated Riviere after last night’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park, where stand-in captain Siem de Jong found the net on his debut.
“It’s another one that we’re talking to,” said Pardew. “He’s a player that we have some interest in.”
The France Under-21 international, born in Martinique, is a former Toulouse team-mate of Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
And he would give Pardew a welcome extra attacking option.
Newcastle, meanwhile, expect to confirm the signing of 24-year-old Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat today.
Newcastle have already signed de Jong, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.
Janmaat, a key player for Holland in the World Cup finals, yesterday underwent a medical on Tyneside, but the £5m deal was not finalised.
“That’s pretty close, but that’s as good as I can say at the moment,” said Pardew, whose side were undone by late goals at Boundary Park.
“I’ve been involved in the (Oldham) game, so I don’t know the detail of it.”
Pardew, however, is keen for even more arrivals over the coming weeks.
United’s squad was found wanting last season, with the club’s Premier League challenge having fallen away in the wake of Yohan Cabaye’s January sale to Paris Saint-Germain.
“We’re being active at the moment, and we need to be,” said Pardew, who will lose Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal once Janmaat’s move is completed.
“We need to be stronger than we were last year.”
Pardew was pleased with de Jong’s performance last night.
He said: “It was a nice bonus for us to see that quality on the pitch from one of our new players - it was a fantastic goal.
“Siem got a great goal and showed he is going to produce those moments.”
Pardew believes the 25-year-old, signed from Dutch club Ajax, can bring a footballing intelligence to Newcastle that his side has lacked since the January sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain
“Siem offers intelligence, which we perhaps lacked after Yohan Cabaye left, on the pitch,” Pardew said.
“He’s a player that can pick the right pass. He makes the right decisions, and is an unselfish player. He’s captained Ajax. He can play as a striker, or the No10 role.
“He can be a link player. That’s something Cabaye did very well for us when I pushed him up there. He’ll be very important to us.”
Jack Colback, signed from Sunderland, and former Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez also made their debuts.
And midfielder Colback won praise from Pardew. “I thought Jack was terrific in midfield,” he said.