Date: 6th August 2011 at 5:40pm
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Gabriel Obertan

Time to finally move on?

French winger Gabriel is set to join Newcastle according to reports circulating today, The former Bordeaux wide man is set to leave on a deal worth around £3 million.

The Mail notes: Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan has agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle and will complete his move to Tyneside next week.

Obertan leaving is one of the less surprising transfers at Old Trafford this Summer as he’s struggled to convince he can be anything other than a bit part player in his two years at the club.

The arrival of Ashley Young has pushed Obertan even further down the pecking order and for a player once regarded as the next big thing to come from the famous Clarefontein Academy, he’s come nowhere near to living up to the hype.

A meagre 28 first team appearances, many of which were in the Carling Cup or group stages of the Champions League merely highlights how Obertan has struggled at United.

It’s a shame as Obertan has shown the occasional glimpse of brilliance, but it’s been far too rare and more often than not in the reserves.

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