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Newcastle Agree To Transfer Deal

10:39 pm, Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

There are various reports coming out of France that Newcastle have agreed to sell their 19 year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen to Lyon after transfer terms were agreed.

Olivier had become disenchanted at Newcastle,because of his inability to break into the first team squad, and there was news in the last day or two that he may be signing for Monaco.

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Olivier Kemen on the bench against Borussia Monchengladbach

Last month his agent was talking with AC Milan about a possible deal, with other clubs such as Monaco, Liverpool an Spurs also said to be interested.

L’Equipe are reporting the two clubs agreed the deal over the weekend, and we suppose Olivier could be in Lyon today undergoing his medical, before the deal is officially announced.

Newcastle signed Olivier two years ago from Metz when he was just 16 years-old, and we think this is a mistake to let the youngster leave Newcastle so quickly.

He could have been sent out on loan to a lower league club in England to give him some playing time, as we did with two other teenagers at the club – Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman.

The transfer window closes in France today – and the deal is said to have been brokered for around £500K – peanuts.

Update: Olivier last night took to his Twitter account to announce he had signed for Lyon.

It says Officially Lyon player – really happy to sign (for) this great club.

For whatever reason, Newcastle have not been able to persuade the youngster that his future lies on Tyneside.

We are sorry to see him leave, and of course we wish Olivier all the very best in what could be a very stellar career in football.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Olivier Kemen · Transfer News and Rumours

83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    I thought the story was going to be Austin how naive of me

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Not to bothered about this tbh.. Never seen anything of the lad.

  • 3 geordie157 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    “I am here to stay and play. I am proud to wear the shirt because Sunderland is the biggest club here up north. I hope we have a successful season. We all want that.”

    The words of Borini

  • 4 Lindisfarne // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    With no other transfer into the First team the likely candidates to be sold for large bids has got to be Sissoko or Perez. The younger player has far more attraction for the buying club and hopefully a significantly high value based upon potential. However the deals involving Academy players to date do not give a lot of hope.

  • 5 geordie157 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Odds tumbling on Austin to palace, with Murray going to Bournemouth that might happen.

  • 6 beefman13 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Chicharito has got to be the bargain of the summer for 7.5 million. class kid who would have done a great job at SJP.

  • 7 geordiesteve520 // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Will he turn out to be our Pogba?

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Is the window closing tonight!

  • 9 Our Toon // Aug 31, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Toon prodigy

    This lad or any young captain of youth squad is someone who has potential, why are we selling potential?

    Your comment reminds me of some of the dross man utd fans used to say about Pogba when he left…..not saying Kemen will be a pogba but pogba got fed up at not getting games, moved and now is valued at 90m plus. If kemen becomes even half the player Pogba is then 500k for the french u19 captain is peanuts

  • 10 p // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Seems a bit odd this deal.

    If he were leaving for first team football, you will still think is would be in the 1-2m range regardless of sell on clauses. Why not a loan to Lyon if it is about first team football?

    I have seen this guy but is he not France U20 captain? Were Milan on after him. Does not stack up.

    Hopefully Lacazette is on his way in the oposite direction.

    What ever happened to him leaving for a big whack this summer?

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM


    Man U is a much better team than the Toon. They always had decent players during his time there. It happens.

    On this Kemen though we have not got amazing players here, im sure if he was outstanding he would of got his chance.

    Im not concerned really, im quite happy with our current midfield. I trust they never seem him as progressing into a starter. If the lad does well then good for him I wouldn’t be bitter. Sometimes players just need to move on to better themselves and start a new chapter. With our midfield I don’t think he would of been given that opportunity here.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ta Kemen

    Nar all the best kidda hope it turns out well for u back in France

  • 13 Tsunki // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    If he wants to get in the first team and he’s good enough he would get into the first team. So if he goes it’s no problem, because SM either thinks he’s not good enough, or his heads elsewhere. I don’t see the problem really, it’s not like the reserves are gonna miss him.

    Thought I’d just drop in as it seems relatively tool-free tonight. I can’t stand it sometimes when you have jeff/jib bobbybee Ian Toon and the blue sky band snapping and chirping at everything you say it’s like trying to hold a conversation in a noisy bar.

  • 14 JackButler // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Utd screw De Gea deal up and he has to stay with them now – two bit outfit

  • 15 Tsunki // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Fabio Borini. Liverpool number who tried to drive a hard bargain but now finally has to suck it up and realise he’s found his level. Joining the biggest club in the north east eh? I’m sure it’ll look fantastic on those sleet – dashed Wednesday nights in Doncaster.

  • 16 jimmysmith // Aug 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    I don’t think even hardcore Sunderland fans are gonna buy that one Fabio, I’m sure it prompted some mild astonishment even among the players, most of which, like you, don’t really want to be there, and certainly not the manager, who put the lot of them up for sale.

  • 17 manxpie // Sep 1, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    If this martial fella is worth near 50 mill then surely Perez is worth at least double that Jesus he’s proved himself in the premier league at least spurs can get to fusk!!!!

  • 18 expatmag // Sep 1, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    Perez to Spurs?

    More chance of them signing me

  • 19 AncientC // Sep 1, 2015 at 3:59 AM

    Looking forward to the West Ham game I have to say.

    I wonder what the formation will be…

    I am guessing a 4-2-3-1. Wishy-washy 2 holding midfielders with an isolated striker. West Ham will never see it coming. lol.

  • 20 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    So Cisse not going to Turkey. Will someone come in for him today?

    There is talk we have tried to get Lasogga in on loan until the end of the season. I think it’s all depending on Cisse leaving or not.

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 1, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    I don’t know much about this Kemen kid, but how many times haven’t we heard the praises from our own fan base about our kids and it just turns out to be hot air!

    I am not going to comment on him, but looking back at our club then this kid is not going to get much of a chance.

    So is the window slam shot or is it later today?

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    It’s open til 6 tonight Jesp.

    Turkish window has now closed.

  • 23 expatmag // Sep 1, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Expecting another Carroll situation here.

    Spurs offer 15 mill……..refused
    Come back at lunch time…offer 17 mill……refused
    Come back at 3pm…..offer 20 mill…….accepted
    Ashley helicopter whisks Perez off to Landan

    Charnley sent to the basement at SJP…..opens cupboard…… dusts off Shefki Kuqi.

    Charnkey attends press conference……offer fir Perez too good to refuse and just couldnt get a replacement for him over the line.

    However, an old favourite has returned and will go straight into the squad fir West ham once we address all his allergy issues.

    In walks a sneezing Kuqi and zimmerframe

  • 24 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    Aye this Perez talk is concerning like, really rate this lad.

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    It’s not like his going will leave a big hole in the team, but it’s yet another case of NUFC investing time and money on a young player to no good purpose. Do we not have the expertise to identify the right type of player? Is our coaching not good enough to bring them on when they get here? Anybody holding their breath waiting for this kid from Northampton to take the PL by storm? Scouted by Carr, coached by Beardsley – no takers then?

  • 26 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Sorry Jesper – what you said!!

  • 27 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:07 AM


    I think it will leave a hole. That would mean that Riviere bloke would jump up in the que amd he is terrible. i think Perez has done very well and is going to handle this league no bother at all.

    I don’t have any confidence in Riviere and Mitrovic at the minute. This Lasogga aswell would take time to settle that’s even if he is good enough to begin with, seems a Riviere mark 2 to me. Another gamble.

    At least in Perez we know he has got what it takes.

    I won’t be impressed if he goes like, I think he is going to be a brilliant Premier League player.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    TP…I am not counting on us doing any business anyway mate!

  • 29 cyprus // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Saw Ed’s headline on Perez, then followed by NUFC agree on transfer and thought oh sxxt here we go again. But thankfully, it ain’t him.

    Perez may be raw, but he seems our bigest talent and I include the new transfers. He is pacey, tricky,penetrative, can score, turns quick, is aware, holds on to the ball when all the others are offloading a hot potato. Frankly, he’s looked better than NUFC’s recent mediocrity.


  • 30 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    ToF…I definitely think our coaching staff at youth level isn’t good enough. We don’t seem to bring that many players through!

    I would like some sort of Sports Director here if his job was to spot and sign youth and help bring them through (into the first team)

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:33 AM


    I’v fancied Sissoko and Cisse to be away from the start, Perez never crossed my mind. I’d actually be more bothered about Perez leaving than Cisse tbh.

    I think we will do business if we have players sold, whether they will be good enough is a different matter.

    Lasogga strikes me as a player in Carr’s cheap back up list like Riviere.

  • 32 Big Archie // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    The old sensationalism is wearing a bit thin these days Ed.

    I appreciate that you knew that no-one would visit the page if you mentioned Kemen in the headline but to use the old Bait ‘n’ Switch on an article about a kid who has played a total of 90 minutes at Under – 21 level is pretty desperate.

    Essentially – cheap.

  • 33 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Lescott to Villa for 1 mil. For nout that like..

  • 34 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Under our new-look regime, I can’t see anyone going without a replacement found. As you say, the new boy could be in the bargain-basement category – or is that a thing of the past now?

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:47 AM


    Well we have apparantly tried for Lasogga for a loan deal, if that’s true I don’t think Austin is in there thinking. Pretty gutted about this actually if true.

    Riviere was struggling for game time when we signed him, this Lasogga has been poor also last season. Certaintly strikes me as a player way down in Carr’s list of strikers and fits into the potential bracket rather than ready made.

    Hope it’s all a load of rubbish.

  • 36 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Is this Lasogga meant to replace Cissé if he goes? Or as back-up for Nitro?

  • 37 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Au Contraire

    Hamburger SV approached the Toon last week according to the German press and we weren’t interested.

    In his last interview SM said he is happy with the striker situation until the winter window.

    Remember he promised every player a fair crack of the whip and Manu Riviere (regardless of the fans opinions) has had no chance to show what he can do because of injury.

  • 38 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    It would have been nice to keep Kemen, loan him out and then see how he gets on, but instead we are letting him go for a pittance which makes little sense unless he is just sub par – in which case, why bother 2 years ago?

    As for Perez, if Man U are keen to spunk 36million on a young French kid, then I’d be expecting a similar amount for Perez based on potential and having a good season under his belt here.

    Not expecting any more incomings to be honest, which leaves me feeling like we have undercooked it again. Good players signed up, but we still lack strength and depth in key areas, and still have no real leader .

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Manu is showing just as much of his attacking prowess now as he did last season.

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:16 AM


    Aye that seems to be the thinking behind the story, Lasogga to replace Cisse if he goes.

    Want Austin if he goes though!

  • 41 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Re your post yesterday morning: against West Ham I’ve got a feeling we’ll look overawed again (à la Swansea). Watford for me is the key match. If we can dominate there I’ll feel a lot more sanguine.

  • 42 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Here is the article Ron.

  • 43 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Austin wouldn’t be my first choice, but he’s an upgrade on Cissé.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    He could be another Luuk de Jong!

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    I’d rather keep Cisse than gamble on Lasogga..

    Berbatov to Villa looks to be going through.,

    Plenty action so far today.

    Howay Toon!

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    West Ham looked good against Arsenal and Liverpool, but very poor against Leicester, and not great against Bournemouth. Difficult really to know how to take it, I’ve seen on some of their fan boards people are already wishing Allardyce had stayed.

    I think we can beat them, but we would have to attack. No more of this containment, we have several good attacking players, why not utilise them. Thauvin worked hard on Saturday, Perez would as well. They would both press higher up the pitch if we played higher up the pitch.

    Far more likely to profit from other teams errors if we press high as well.

  • 47 Mag52 // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Could the Perez talk be something put out there by Ashley’s minions to convince the fans, when we don’t sell him, that he has really changed his ways ?
    Conspiracy theories – don’t you love them.

  • 48 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Re Macca giving players chances, he didn’t give Cabella a shot, so no guarantee he would give Rivi one.

    If we got Lassogga it should be to replace Rivi. Had Lassogga turned us down by the time we signed Rivi? If so Carr must think he is an upgrade on Rivi.

    Mitro, Cisse, Perez Lassogga – Not too much wrong with that foursome.

  • 49 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    The NUFC press folk must have some good contacts in the home counties cos it’s all over the the Southern rags

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    TP…Cisse has potential flight risk, but at this point I hope everyone stays!

    …dealing and wheeling can be made in January again!

  • 51 lochinvar // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Comedian Andy Fury tweeted: “Fabio Borini says it’ll be emotional playing at Sunderland again. Can only assume that emotion is devastation that nobody else bid for him.”

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Or to detract from no more signings. We keep him and all of a sudden it looks a much more positive end to the window…

  • 53 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I fancy Gouffran to Hull today like or matbe back to France.

  • 54 Ron Knee // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    If we don’t sign more players today (highly unlikely) I’ll regard this window as a failure.

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Lilongwe #38…I think that last paragraph sums it up for most of us!

  • 56 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:42 AM


  • 57 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    According to McClaren on NUFCtv the Thauvin scenario was a done deal before Steve joined the club.
    That was probably why Cabella missed the USA trip

  • 58 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Adebayor looks to be going to West Ham.

  • 59 lochinvar // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Spurs are still trying to get Berahino for £22m from West Brom so putting out a story about interest in Perez for £15m is a cheap shot at unsettling players and trying to force West Broms hand to sell.
    Suggest Ashley bids for both Berahino and Kane just to even up the matter.

    Kemen – like Abeid we may be making a mistake, but as we’ve never seen the lad how do we know ?

  • 60 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Apparantly there is interest from the Championship for Gouffran and Williamson. Brilliant! That’s the latest on the Toon from Sky Sports News.

  • 61 lochinvar // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    David de Gea’s proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid has stalled after the relevant paperwork was received 28 minutes after Monday’s European transfer deadline, Sky Sports understands.

    Classic – clearly some dumb ass in Manure didn’t understand the time difference between UK and Spain.

  • 62 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    In which case we are still operating a system of signing players the club want, and not necessarily the players Mac wanted. All our signings have been scouted and targets since before Pardew left.

    I’d agree to be honest, part of the problem may be that we have failed to shift a number of players out of the club, but if we are making our own luck, then that should be irrelevant. Release them, let them go on a free rather than holding out for a fee etc.

    Yeah, we have spent 50million or so, but failed to address key weaknesses in the squad. Still, they might surprise us!

  • 63 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    I see Ashley has taken legal action with the alternative Toon top that came out in July from the fan groups.

  • 64 hibbit // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    toon prodigy……..who’s running that story

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    George Caulkin, and also in the mag. Has an official statement from the group. It appears it uses “The Magpie” which is a registered trademark.

  • 66 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:05 AM

  • 67 clinath@ed // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Talksport have announced we’ve just ‘bought’ Kemen……..’kin idiots.

  • 68 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Not really , Wijnaldum signing can be attributed solely to SM . He may have been looked at before by the club but the Dutch press said at the end of May that McClaren had told the club to prioritise his signing so he could have him in States

  • 69 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    You think that would have happened if he hadn’t already been on our list and we had tried to sign him in the past?

  • 70 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:13 AM

    Sir John Hall and Fat Freddy registered everything they could think of – NUFC – Toon Army etc. etc.

  • 71 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    I don’t know but we went straight in no mucking about and paid PSV’s valuation without any haggling.

  • 72 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    There was a rumour at the time they tried to register “Special K” but Kellogs told them to piss off .

  • 73 Mag52 // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:18 AM


    On the point of making our own luck, we don’t seem to have made an awful lot so far this season.
    A super tough first few matches, an own goal costing us a point which would have ended up nearer the corner flag than the goal, two red cards, a CF at first seen as the long awaited messiah up front now looking a bit like a naughty boy.
    Could be that making luck is not our strong point.

  • 74 toon kk // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I thought it was C Flakes we tried to sighn!!!!!

  • 75 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I remember getting dogs abuse on here for daring to suggest that Ashley could take legal action.
    Seemed a no brainer to me MA makes his money from selling sports goods , he was never going to take piracy lying down.

  • 76 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    You may be right, but the transfers we have seen haven’t really shown any change in our transfer system or process. It does seem more to me that the played we have signed would likely have been the players we would have gone after whoever came in. Young talent who we have watched for a while, players who have the potential to progress. No experience brought in, and hoping that all four hit the ground running.

  • 77 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:22 AM


  • 78 LGFUAD21 // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Really hope there’s nothing in this lassoga rumour.

    He has the aggression of mitrovic with the precision of rivi.

    Wasn’t impressed last summer. Less impressed now.

    At least rivi had a decent goals per min ratio. PML has an appalling ratio given how many shots he takes on.

  • 79 toon kk // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Everyone should know how the club is run, business first then try to get results. All players will be sold, Mitrovic will go ib a couple of years if the money is right.

  • 80 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    I think we are a long way from making our own luck. It was always going to be a tough start to the season, but the defines looks a better shape and better organised then in previous years, so that is a start.

    Still, if we don’t get luck with injuries then we are going to be short in key areas pretty quickly!

    On Mitro, I’m still confident he will so well here. Yes, he has to calm himself and take a few deep breaths occasionally, but I wouldn’t want it taken from his game. He is no worse than Diego Costa was in his younger days, and has far more talent than Costa did at his age. He has time on his side, and he needs to be well looked after, but I’m still very pleased to have him here at Newcastle.

  • 81 Jib // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Apparently NUFC have just had a late bid for Jannik Vestergaard rejected by Werder Bremen

  • 82 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Van dijk to Southampton in the region of 11.5 mil.

  • 83 Blofal // Sep 1, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Rightly there is a lot of negativity on here. But if we keep our best players along with the new signings then you are clutching at straws to be still complaining.

    We have only really lost Cabella, but used him as bait to get Thauvin who already looks a better player. We will bring in another top Centre Half in the next 2 windows as well as selling and upgrading Cisse.

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