Old Trafford flop moves to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United have signed Manchester United flop Gabriel Obertan 0n a five-year deal for £3million.
The 22-year-old has struggled to establish himself at Old Trafford since joining from Bordeaux in 2009 and made only 15 appearances last season.
He becomes the fifth French-born player to arrive at St. James’ Park this summer, following Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid.
Like Hatem Ben Arfa, Obertan is a product of the world-renowned Clairefontaine academy.
The former French under-21 international said he was looking forward to playing more regularly at Newcastle.
“I spent two good years in Manchester but it was a bit difficult with the competition and I really needed a club where I could play more games,” Obertan said.
“I know it won’t be easy to play each game here because there’s a good group, but I want a fresh start in my football.”
Obertan will go straight into Newcastle’s squad for Saturday’s opening league match at home to Arsenal, with manager Alan Pardew delighted to finally get his man.
“His best years are ahead of him which is exactly what we want at this club and with the backing of our magnificent fans I’m sure he will prove an excellent signing for us,” Pardew said in a statement.