| 10.6°C Belfast

Obertan heads to Newcastle

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was expected to complete the signing of winger Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United today.

The 22-year-old French player moved to Old Trafford from Bordeaux two years ago but has been unable to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first team.

Pardew believes Obertan can thrive at St James' Park, providing the attacking speed which he suggests the Magpies were missing last season.

“I said I wanted to bring pace into the team,” asserted Pardew.

“It was lacking last year and Gabriel will definitely bring that to the team.

"He hasn't had many opportunities at Manchester United. I think he'll get more opportunities here and his confidence will grow.

“He'll become a stronger and a more physical player

Manchester United shelled out £3m for the promising attacker in 2009 and it is believed that Newcastle will pay a similar transfer fee to take Obertan to the north east.

Belfast Telegraph