A new transfer tale today sees claims from France that both Liverpool and Spurs are competing to sign Newcastle United midfielder Olivier Kemen this summer.

L’Equipe say that they understand the two Premier League clubs are understood to be keen on the player who turns 19 in two weeks time.

Kemen eventually made it to the first team bench three times late last season as a small squad and injuries left United short, though earlier the player had expressed his frustration at a lack of first team action, saying he was hoping to be allowed to go out on loan to play at a higher level.

Olivier Kemen is probably better known and more highly rated back over in France, as despite failing to get any first team action at Newcastle he is captain of France’s Under 19 team, who kick off tonight against Austria in their first match of the Under 19 European Championship finals.

Signed from Metz two years ago, Olivier Kemen had this to say ahead of his move to Tyneside:

“Newcastle is a big team, and they look after young players. If they agree everything with Metz, I will join them.

“There are some good French speaking people there, so I can settle there fine on the guidance of everyone there.”

If the player has potential then if there is genuine interest from elsewhere, hopefully Newcastle can keep hold of the player, with surely more chance of early first team action at Newcastle than clubs such as Liverpool and Spurs.

Plus of course we still have plenty of French speakers at St James Park!