Newcastle Complete First Signing Of The Summer

News on the Newcastle web-site that we have finally  completed the signing of 16 year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen.

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Olivier Kemen – signed from Metz

Newcastle had been linked with this youngster a couple of weeks ago, and the news then was that he had even singed for the club, but he actually completed his signing today.

Maybe he had just agreed to sign for Newcastle, when the reports came out on June 16th.

Olivier has played for the France U17 side and this is what the youngster had to say to Sky Sports before he signed:

“Newcastle United are a big club and they look after young players. If everything is agreed with Metz then I will join them. There are some good French speaking people there already and so I can settle there fine with the guidance of everyone there.”

In an interview he gave last December he had said that  Alex Song, the former Arsenal player who is now at Barcelona, is his favorite player.

Certainly the transfer market seems to be heating up with Newcastle having missed out on top target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but news today Newcastle had a £5M bid accepted for Wigan striker Arouna Kone, with  the Magpies being given permission to speak to the player.

We also have a sneaking suspicion that we could be back in for Loic Remy, who is available from QPR for just  £8M.

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11 comments so far

  • Sazzer

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Championship numbers:
    Shane Long 123/39
    Jordan Rhodes 55/29
    Charlie Austin 82/40
    Darren Bent 45/20
    Grant Holt 49/21
    Rickie Lambert 42/27
    Glenn Murray 80/36
    Jay Rodriguez 111/32
    Kenwyne Jones 82/22
    Jonathan Walters 136/30
    Cameron Jerome 155/40
    Connor Wickham 71/14
    Leon Best 141/25
    Shola Ameobi 24/10

  • Belfast

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Kone going to Everton shock horror lol

    Carlton Cole come on down ! B-)

  • Belfast

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Why bid for a player if he doesn’t fit the blueprint ?

    Strange goings on at the circus as per usual

  • Levi

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Loic remy loic remy loic remy! If we can bid 5m for bent/kone then 8m is a great price for remy. Maybe wages is the problem with remy because i really don’t know why we havnt wrapped this deal up yet

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Belfast the only logical explanation is that he would be Shola’s replacement and competition for places.

    Im a little worried though as Im not sure Mike would sanction that kind of money for a player to challenge for places.

    Still expecting the big striker to brought in, 10-15 million.

    Here’s hoping.

  • Yorkgeordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #7

    The Chron are reporting we have cooled our interest in Kone

  • geordiemark

    Jul 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8

    the toon pulled out of the kone deal wow theres a shock, nothing suprises me with this lot in charge

    signed a 16 year old kid wonderfull, they have lost simpson,perch and harper 3 first team players the sums dont add up mr ashley either sign players or sell the club mr ambious

  • toon kk

    Jul 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Remember with JK in charge he’s going to remember out of date players best.

  • stuart no9

    Jul 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #10

    not 1 comment about kemen – that says everything . THE BOARD OUT .

  • Mag52

    Jul 4, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    So, like my old maiden aunt, we’ve finally hitched up our skirts and dabbled our toes in the summer transfer market.
    I’m sure Olivier’s a good lad and a player for the future – say in two or three years time. That’s not to say, of course, that he’s a player for NUFC’s future, as if he looks a real prospect he’ll be out of the door before you can say ‘balance sheet’, and MA will be rubbing his businessman’s hands together as he banks another handy profit.
    In the meantime we are dispensing with the services of solid, dependable players of the likes of Simpson and Perch. The sort of players a manager can turn to when we visit say Stoke in mid winter, or we get hit with a run of injuries in midfield or defence.
    Nothing’s going to change though while big Mike is in charge. As for winning anything under his regime – forget it !


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