Newcastle Sign French Youth International Olivier Kemen

We don't have the rights to any photos of Olivier Kemen, so enjoy this shot of French international Moussa Sissoko. - Stu Forster

In which we talk about 40 degree days and make other references to The Wire.

Newcastle have signed 17 year-old French international Olivier Kemen, according to Kemen himself:


As you can see, Kemen has quite a remarkable haircut and his Twitter name is "stringer bell," an obvious reference to his desire to legitimize the drug trade, or perhaps his love for parliamentary procedure. It's also possible that he's a kid who likes watching TV, I suppose.

Kemen is described by many of the news outlets reporting this signing as a striker, though he has told people on Twitter that he prefers the midfield. The reports do all seem to agree that he is highly regarded as a youth player. Obviously, at Kemen's age, this signing is meant as an investment in the future. Newcastle's reserves have had some good showings in tournaments over the past year, but the top tier of talent isn't exactly bursting at the seams with players forcing themselves into a spot in the Premier League. The Yven Moyo experiment, among others, has been a disappointment, so it's not surprising that Alan Pardew and Graham Carr have once again turned to France in an attempt to bolster the system.

The signing comes down on the same day reports surfaced that Joe Kinnear has returned to St James' Park as the Director of Football. Kinnear gleefully told Sky Sports that he would have the final say on any transfer activity, so either this move happened prior to his arrival or he has gotten down to business on his first day (Mirror Football).

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