Olivier Kemen
Olivier Kemen is wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham Getty

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have joined the race to sign out of favour Newcastle midfielder Olivier Kemen in spite of the player having failed to make a single start thus far for the Magpies, according to French publication L'Equipe.

Newcastle signed the player from French club Metz two years back, but failed to make the mark under Alan Pardew and John Carver. He is likely to attract a lot of interest from clubs across Europe given he is also the captain of the France U19 team and has been lauded for his performances with the national team.

The midfielder had made the bench on three occasions for the first team, but never made it to the starting XI. Carver was all praise for the player in his brief stint as manager, but never managed to get the best out of his talent.

"He is learning and working with the group. He's got the temperament. We just need to look after his personality. He can be a bit lively," Carver said about Kemen last season, as quoted by the Chronicle.

His contract with the club expires this summer and with no talks of an extension on the cards, the two Premier League clubs have moved in for his transfer.

Liverpool have already signed Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic to add to their youth setup and are looking to sign and groom more players into the first team in a bid to create superstars and avoid paying the massive transfer fees that are being dallied across Europe for the top players.

Brendan Rodgers has made seven signings this summer as he looks to get his side back to challenging for a place in the top four after failing miserably last season.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino has shown that he is not averse to deploying his youngsters on the bigger stage, for which he has reaped rewards last season. Harry Kane's ascendance from Tottenham's youth setup can lead to better stories in the future.