Magpies confirm deal for Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere

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NEWCASTLE UNITED have confirmed their fifth signing of the summer after landing Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere.

The 24-year-old has signed a long-term contract at St James' Park after securing a £6m move to St James' Park.

Riviere spent the day on Tyneside undergoing a medical and completing the formalties of the deal. He will be travelling with the Newcastle squad on the pre-season tour to New Zealand.

And news of the former St Etienne and Toulouse forward's arrival is expected to be followed by confirmation that Dutch defender Daryl Janmaat has completed his £5m switch from Feyenoord on Thursday.

The duo will increase the number of Newcastle's transfer recruits this summer to six following the arrivals of Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem De Jong and Remy Cabella at a cost of more than £27m.

Rivière said: "I'm very happy to be here at Newcastle.

"When the club spoke to me I said yes immediately. It was an easy decision because Newcastle is a big club with great fans and a good stadium.

"My dream was always to play in the Premier League and Newcastle have given me the opportunity to realise that."

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: "This is an important signing because the striking area is one we really had to improve.

"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."

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