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!



  • Blackandwhiteblood

    Having watched this kid through the Academy and U21’s and seen him progress to where he is now, I can’t see why we would sit by and let him leave. We’ve got some great young players trying to break through, which augers well for the future. He nearly broke through last season and has more chance at the Toon of getting where he wants to be than he would have at either club mentioned. More bull from mischievous French reporters imo.

  • macandmarge

    Blackandwhiteblood Money !!

  • Blackandwhiteblood

    macandmarge Blackandwhiteblood Money? Just how much do you think we’d get for a promising player yet to make a PL debut? Which is my point exactly. Keep him – as he clearly has talent – before cashing in on him; if that’s the intention. We’d get next to nothing for him now, for all his potential, so money wouldn’t be the deciding factor.

  • stepaylor

    A better player than Tiote from what i have read, havent seen enough of him to make any real judgement but would seem silly to sell him at this point.

  • macandmarge

    Blackandwhiteblood macandmarge I ts Ashley….money is money to him

  • DownUnderMag

    If a player of his standing was at any other club he would be getting some first team action.  The trouble was Pardew needed his senior players to play for him, he needed players who could know what they needed to do on the pitch as he clearly couldn’t work with anyone who needed guidance, i.e. younger players. Then Carver came in and did the same thing, but more out of wanting to secure the job full time so he wasn’t prepared to take a risk by playing youth – despite that probably being one thing that would have counting in his favour.  Hopefully McClaren is more willing and able to bring youth players through into the first team properly!

  • Brian Standen

    Have to be honest I have seen him quite a few times and he looks nothing thing special, However that might be down to the previous coaching set up , who knows?