Newcastle sign French teenage star Olivier Kemen

NEW SIGNING ... midfielder Olivier Kemen has joined Newcastle.
NEW SIGNING ... midfielder Olivier Kemen has joined Newcastle.

TEENAGER Olivier Kemen has joined Newcastle United.

The midfielder has joined the club from French club Metz.

Kemen is a France Under-17 international.

Last month, the 16-year-old told of his keenness to join Newcastle, which has a large French-speaking contingent of players.

“Newcastle is a big team, and they look after young players,” he said.

“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.”

Kemen is the club’s first summer signing. United are yet to make a senior acquisition.

Newcastle earlier confirmed that Jak Alnwick, Jonathan Mitchell, Paul Dummett, Conor Newton, Michael Richardson and Alex Gilliead had signed new deals at St James’s Park.