There has been speculation all summer that Olivier Kemen was on his way out of St James Park, with only last week reports that Monaco had made an improved offer of £500,000 for the Newcastle midfielder.
Monday morning has seen a new French club reportedly making a move, with French daily Le Progres claiming that Lyon are trying to sign Olivier Kemen after failing to land Lucas Tousart from Valenciennes.
The summer window in France ends at midnight tonight and it is the transfer window deadline in the buying club’s country that dictates whether a deal can be done, not in the selling club’s one (English clubs could still buy Ligue 1 players tomorrow but not vice-versa).
Tottenham and Liverpool have also been linked with the Newcastle midfielder, as well as a host of clubs on the other side of the Channel.
The reports from France also claim that Newcastle are looking for 1m euros for Kemen, which is approximately £700,000.
Olivier Kemen failed to even make it onto the bench against Northampton but the 19 year old has a fairly high profile in France and was Captain of the French team at this summer’s Under 19s European Championship.
Whether Olivier Kemen stays or goes, he is desperately in need of regular football to progress his career and if he remains at St James Park he surely needs to go out on loan, like Armstrong and Woodman, to get that valuable experience.
The midfielder arrived as a 16 year old from Metz for an unspecified fee and will no doubt have noted that recent signing Ivan Toney is the same age as him, yet was on the bench against Northampton and even made a late appearance as a substitute.