Newcastle sign French teenage star Olivier Kemen

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

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

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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.