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Newcastle transfer completed: Olivier Kemen moves to Lyon – Reports

6 years ago

Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen has completed his transfer to Lyon on Monday night according to L’equipe, they say that an official announcement is imminent and that the player has signed a four year deal.

The player himself has also tweeted confirmation of the move.

Suggestions all summer that Olivier Kemen was looking to leave Newcastle, with only last week reports that Monaco had made an improved offer of £500,000 for the Newcastle midfielder.

Monday morning saw Lyon suddenly appear on the media radar, with the French press claiming that the Ligue 1 club were going to buy Olivier Kemen.

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 a fee of around £1.4m including performance related add-ons.

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.

Midway through last season, Kemen said that he was desperate for first team football to progress his career and that if he wasn’t going to get it in the short-term at Newcastle, he needed to go out on loan to help him develop.

The 19 year old gets decent coverage in France being captain of the France Under 19 team and he led them to the semi-finals at this summer’s Under 19s European Championship.

It will be interesting to see how quickly 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.


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