Magpies close on Obertan

Alan Pardew hopes Newcastle United will sign Manchester United midfielder Gabriel Obertan next week.

French ace poised to join Newcastle on five year deal

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hopes the club will sign Manchester United midfielder Gabriel Obertan next week. The French ace has struggled to make a lasting impact at Old Trafford after joining from Bordeaux for £3m two years ago. He is set to have a medical at St James' Park on Monday and, providing there are no hiccups, the 22-year-old will move to Tyneside on a reported five-year contract. Speaking after the friendly with Fiorentina on Saturday was abandoned because of heavy rain, Pardew said: "All being well, the deal will be pushed through next week. "He has not really had the chance to shine at Old Trafford but he has pace to burn and will bring some much needed sharpness to our side."

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