French teenager set to join Newcastle United

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NEWCASTLE are closing in on the signing of French starlet Olivier Kemen.

The 17-year-old tweeted a picture of himself with Magpies football development manager Peter Beardsley at St James’s Park on Sunday, and his move from Metz looks set to be confirmed.

Kemen has been capped at under-19 level by France and has been tipped as one of the country’s best prospects.

Kemen seems very much one for the future and would be a similar signing to Kevin Mbabu, who moved to Tyneside in January.

The teenager confirmed on Twitter he is a midfielder, and along with a picture with Beardsley on the St James’ Park turf, posted: “Yes I signed to newcastle, thanks for all your message is very nice.”

Kemen is expected to sign a long-term contract at Newcastle.