Thursday 17 July 2014
Emmanuel Riviere says he has the right attributes to succeed in the Barclays Premier League, after completing his move to Newcastle United from Monaco.
The 24-year-old striker has become Newcastle United's fifth signing of the summer after agreeing a long-term contract with Alan Pardew's side for an undisclosed fee.
The Martinique-born forward came through the ranks at Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, for whom he made his debut in January 2009, before joining Toulouse in 2011 where he played alongside Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
"He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name"
The former France Under-21 international then joined Monaco in January 2013, helping them win the Ligue 2 title in his first few months at the club, before scoring 13 goals in 36 appearances last season.
Riviere has no hesitation, however, of swapping life in the Principality for a stay on Tyneside when the opportunity came to realise a boyhood dream of playing in the English top flight.
"My dream was always to play in the Premier League and so when Newcastle called me, I said yes," the Frenchman told www.nufc.co.uk. "I am a striker who is fast and strong, and I score goals. I think my characteristics are good for the Premier League.
"I love space to run and tire out defenders, and I work for the team. I want to adapt quickly to the Premier League because it is not Ligue 1. They are very different. I will work hard to adapt fast, and to play for Newcastle."
Pardew, who adds the striker to a string of summer signings including midfielder Jack Colback from Sunderland, striker Ayoze Perez from Tenerife and attacking midfielders Siem de Jong from Ajax, and Remy Cabella from Montpellier, regards Riviere's arrival as a key signing.
"This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve," he said. "We have looked at Emmanuel for a while and we know he will score goals for us.
"He is quick, hungry for success and will love having 50,000 Geordies cheering him on and singing his name. I am really looking forward to integrating Emmanuel in the group and cannot wait to see him in action for us."
The Magpies open their 2014/15 campaign at home to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, 17 August.
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