Newcastle United have made Emmanuel Riviere their fifth summer signing. The Frenchman signs from Ligue 1 side Monaco and has signed a long-term contract at St James’ Park.

The fee is officially undisclosed but is believed to be around the £5m mark.

24-year-old Riviere started his professional career at St. Etienne before moving to Toulouse, where he was a team mate of current Newcastle player Moussa Sissoko. After 18 months there, Monaco swooped for the quick forward and Riviere managed 14 goals in 44 games.

Speaking of his move to Newcastle, the striker 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.”

Riviere is the first out and out striker to sign for Newcastle this summer as Alan Pardew tries to beef up his attacking options. The Magpies now have Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and now Riviere to compete for the main striker role next season.

One more striker may arrive before the summer window closes, with Andy Carroll and Christian Benteke being linked with a move to St James’ Park. Carroll faces stiff competition for a starting place at West Ham next season while Benteke’s poor season last year has seen his price drop to a fee which Newcastle may be tempted by.

Riviere is quick and a relatively well rounded striker but his scoring record – he averages almost exactly a goal every three games in his career – suggests he may not be Newcastle’s first choice centre forward going into the new season.