EMMANUEL Riviere says he can’t wait to play for Newcastle United.
The striker last night completed a £6million move from Monaco.
Riviere – who has signed a long-term contract – will meet his new team-mates today ahead of the club’s tour of New Zealand.
“I’m so excited,” Riviere said. “When I came I and saw the stadium, I thought it was so amazing. I imagined what it would be like when it’s full of people. I want to smell the passion.”
Martinique-born Riviere played with Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko at former club Toulouse.
“I didn’t speak with Moussa – he was away at the World Cup – but I spoke with a lot of guys about England and Newcastle,” he said.
Right-footed Riviere, who can play up front or on either flank, added: “I want to work and to improve.
“I’ve watched Newcastle on TV and seen the French guys play every week.
“It’s a big club and a good club for me. It has a lot of fans and a good manager. It will be a new experience for me.
“My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle could confirm a sixth summer signing today.
Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat passed a medical on Tuesday, but the £5m move is yet to be announced by the club. Once the deal for the Holland World Cup man is confirmed, Mathieu Debuchy will make a £10m switch to Arsenal.
The Gunners are also keen on Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, said to be available for around £25million, and Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender.