Siem de Jong capped a productive couple of days for Newcastle United last night when he scored a superb goal on his debut.
The club are close to confirming their sixth signing of the summer, with AS Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere expected to sign on the same day Daryl Janmaat’s £5million move from Feyenoord is completed.
Newcastle actually lost 2-1 at Oldham Athletic. However, the result rather paled into insignificance after another successful day in the transfer market.
Manager Alan Pardew will be delighted with these two new additions and the impression de Jong, named captain for the first pre-season match, made on the travelling Newcastle fans.
His goal, a wonderful strike from outside the box early in the first half, delighted the player, who looked a class act in his first appearance.
And while a sloppy second half saw the League One side come away with a win, there were far more important things taking place some way from Lancashire. AS Monaco have reached an agreement for the transfer of Rivière to Newcastle for a reported fee of €8m, although that does seem on the high side.
Rivière was rated at closer to the £4m mark. It is hoped the deal can be completed over the next 48 hours.
The 24-year-old comes with a decent reputation and it is understood that at least one more striker is set to be signed. He has scored 45 goals in 158 Ligue 1 appearances. Holland right-back Janmaat, who turns 25 next week, is a direct replacement for the £10m Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy. He has long been on the club’s wanted list since it became clear that Debuchy wanted to leave.
With Rémy Cabella and De Jong already signed, plus Jack Colback and Ayoze Pérez, who both featured in last night’s defeat, Newcastle have made a good start to the transfer window.
But there will also be some going in the other direction.
One player who looks on his way is Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who featured against Oldham.
The defender is set to clinch a move to St Etienne after being told that he no longer features in Alan Pardew’s plans. Le10Sport in France yesterday quoted the French club’s head coach, Christophe Galtier, admitting he had been in contact with the player and a deal was imminent.
He said: “It was an interesting exchange with a player who we have followed for a while.
“It is now in the final stages and according to texts received late last night, he seems interested in joining us. He’s a player who knows Ligue 1.”
Mehdi Abeid, meanwhile, will speak with Pardew this week in an attempt to secure a permanent move to Panathinaikos where he spent last season on loan.
The Algerian midfielder started last night, but he is not prepared to spend any time on the periphery of the first team, after a campaign in Greece where he hardly missed a match.
We understand that he wants to have his future sorted out before the Newcastle squad head for New Zealand at the end of this week.
Neither Hatem Ben Arfa nor Sylvain Marveaux were named in last night’s squad. Their futures clearly now lie away from St James’ Park.