Wigan Athletic reveal failed attempt to sign AS Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere is congratulated by team mates after scoring the winning goal against Marseille on September 1, 2013
© AFP
Owen Coyle says that Wigan Athletic had a bid rejected for AS Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere.

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has revealed that he tried to sign AS Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere during the transfer window.

The 23-year-old is currently Ligue 1's top scorer, having netted five times since the start of the season including the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Marseille on Sunday.

Coyle admitted that he had lodged a bid for the Frenchman but was knocked back by the league leaders.

"We did make offers for strikers, because I do think we're short in that area, but it didn't happen," Coyle told Wigantoday.net. "There was one in particular, Emmanuel Riviere, who we bid £5m for a couple of weeks ago. But it's sod's law that he started the season with five goals in three games which put paid to that.

"He got a hattrick the other week,but even as late as Sunday there was a chance of it happening because they were chasing a lad at Atletico Madrid. We made our offer again, and he was only named on the bench against Marseille.

"I'm watching the game thinking: 'Fine, just don't put him on, we've still got a chance here.' But [Radamel] Falcao turned his ankle at 1-1, Riviere came on, left his two markers for dead and scored the winning goal against the top of the league! Claudio Ranieri rightly wants to keep him now, which I totally understand. If we could have brought him here it would have been an unbelievable signing for us."

Riviere joined Monaco in January.

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere is congratulated by team mates after scoring the winning goal against Marseille on September 1, 2013
Read Next:
Ranieri: 'Monaco have history to make'
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1AS MonacoMonaco34265395296683
2Paris Saint-GermainPSG35255572264680
3Nice352211259293077
4Lyon341831368422657
5Bordeaux351511949391056
6Marseille3515101053391455
7Saint-EtienneSt Etienne34121393830849
8NantesNantes35139133447-1348
9Rennes351014113239-744
10GuingampGuingamp35128154049-944
11Lille35127163741-443
12Toulouse351012133639-342
13Montpellier HSCMontpellier35109164760-1339
14Angers35116183548-1339
15Metz35109163670-3437
16Lorient35104214266-2434
17Dijon35712164454-1033
18Caen3596203463-2933
19Nancy3588192646-2032
20Bastia34710172748-2131