EMMANUEL Riviere says he can’t wait to play for Newcastle United – and experience the passion of the club’s fans.
The striker last night completed a £6m move from Monaco.
Riviere – who has signed a long-term contract with the club – was yesterday shown around St James’s Park.
And the France Under-21 international was blown away by the stadium.
Riviere – who was set to meet his new team-mates today ahead of the club’s tour of New Zealand – is relishing playing in front of a full house on Tyneside, having previously played in front of Saint-Etienne’s passionate fans.
“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.
“I asked many people about it and they told me that the atmosphere is crazy. They said the fans push the team.”
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.
Riviere – the club’s fifth summer signing – has been told of the tradition of great strikers at United.
“It’s a special club for strikers,” said right-footed Riviere, who can play up front or on either flank.
“I want to work and to improve.
“I know when I score here, the fans will be with me.”
Pacy Riviere – who hopes his move to Newcastle will help him graduate to the senior France side – regularly watched United on TV while at Monaco.
“I’ve watched Newcastle on TV and seen the French guys play every week,” he said.
“I think 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.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle could confirm a sixth summer signing today.
Feyenoord defender Daryl Janmaat passed a medical on Tuesday, but the £5m move is yet to be announced by the club.
Once the deal is confirmed, Mathieu Debuchy will make a £10m switch to Arsenal.