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Newcastle Agree To Transfer Deal

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.

83 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #1

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

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #2

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

  • geordie157

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #3

    “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

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

  • geordie157

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #5

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

  • beefman13

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

  • geordiesteve520

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Will he turn out to be our Pogba?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Is the window closing tonight!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 31, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #9

    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

  • p

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #10

    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?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #11


    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.


    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #12

    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

  • Tsunki

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #14

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

  • Tsunki

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

  • manxpie

    Sep 1, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #17

    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!!!!

  • expatmag

    Sep 1, 2015 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #18

    Perez to Spurs?

    More chance of them signing me

  • AncientC

    Sep 1, 2015 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #19

    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.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #20

    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.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #21

    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?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s open til 6 tonight Jesp.

    Turkish window has now closed.

  • expatmag

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #23

    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

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #24

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

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #25

    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?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry Jesper – what you said!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #27


    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.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #28

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

  • cyprus

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #29

    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.


  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Comment #30

    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)

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #31


    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.

  • Big Archie

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #32

    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.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #33

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

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #34

    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?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #35


    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.

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 1, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #36

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

  • Jib

    Sep 1, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #37

    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.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #38

    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 .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 1, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #39

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

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 1, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #40


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

    Want Austin if he goes though!


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