There has been speculation all summer that Olivier Kemen was on his way out of St James Park.
Tottenham and Liverpool have been linked with the Newcastle midfielder, as well as a number of clubs on the other side of the Channel.
Now L’equipe have reported that Monaco have made what they say is a second bid for Kemen, offering £500,000 for the 19 year old.
The player wasn’t even on the bench last night against Northampton and along with the rest of us, was no doubt surprised to see Yoan Gouffran alongside Cheick Tiote in the middle of the pitch.
Gouffran himself is expected to leave St James Park and ahead of last night’s match there were reports from France that St Etienne were looking to potentially sign him to bulk up the squad, if on Thursday night they make it through to the Europa League group stages.
Olivier Kemen has a fairly high profile in France and was Captain of the French team at this summer’s Under 19s European Championship.
As for Monaco, they are now having to try and live within their means and are looking to sign young players, as well as some more experienced/high price targets.
This summer the Ligue 1 club have sold the likes of Kondogbia and Carrasco for big fees, as well as releasing high earner Berbatov and loaning out Falcao (Chelsea) once again.
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.