Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen completed his transfer to Lyon on Monday night, a few hours before the transfer window closed at midnight in France.

The player completed his medical on Monday morning and there were no problems on that front, no fee has been revealed but the French media suggest around £1.4m including performance related add-ons.

On Tuesday morning, Newcastle United have now confirmed the deal has been done in this short official statement.


‘Young French midfielder Olivier Kemen has completed a permanent move to Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais.

The 19 year-old, who joined Newcastle United from FC Metz in summer 2013, has returned to France for an undisclosed fee.

Kemen was a regular for the Magpies at under-21 and youth level but did not make a first team appearance during his two-year stay on Tyneside.’

As well as the French clubs, Olivier Kemen had also been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool this summer, though no claims of any actual offers been made.

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.

The 19 year old is captain of the France Under 19 team and led them to the semi-finals at this summer’s Under 19s European Championship.

Interesting to see if/when Olivier Kemen gets first team football at Lyon, plus of course even more interesting to find out if he is any good.

One familiar face will be former Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who recently moved to Lyon from AS Roma.