Pardew confirms Newcastle in talks with Riviere

TOON-BOUND ... Emmanuel Riviere.
TOON-BOUND ... Emmanuel Riviere.
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EMMANUEL Riviere is set to become Newcastle United’s SIXTH summer signing – after Alan Pardew confirmed the club is in talks with the striker.

Newcastle are understood to be close to signing the Monaco frontman.

United manager Alan Pardew confirmed United’s interest in £6m-rated Riviere after the 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.”

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.

United, meanwhile, expect to confirm the signing of 24-year-old Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat on Wednesday.

Newcastle have already signed de Jong, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.

Janmaat, a key player for Holland in the World Cup finals, underwent a medical on Tyneside today, 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.”