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Aug 9, 2011

Obertan completes Newcastle switch

Newcastle have signed winger Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United on a five-year deal.

Obertan to join French revolution

Obertan, 22, moved to Old Trafford from Bordeaux in 2009 but he made just four Premier League starts for the club and has now been allowed to move on.

He told his new club's website: ''I spoke with some of my friends and Newcastle is a big club with history in England, so it's a great move. I'm just really happy to be here because this is still a big club for me.

''It wasn't really a difficult decision to come here. 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.

''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.''

He added: ''I've heard a lot about the fans, the atmosphere, the passion around the club and the way the city is just behind the club 100%. So I think I'm going to love it.''

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew told the club's official website: "Gabriel is a player I've watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United. He has great pace and excellent technique and he has improved his power in the last 12 months and is ready now to make a real impact in the Premier League.

"I contacted Sir Alex about him early, at the start of the summer, to see if there was an opportunity to bring him to Newcastle, but it wasn't until Wayne Routledge joined Swansea that we were able to bring him in.

"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."

Obertan joins fellow Frenchmen Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid at St James' Park.

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