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United complete Obertan deal
08 Jul 2009 - 14:19:31
Manchester United have clinched their third signing of the summer after completing a deal to land Gabriel Obertan.
The 20-year-old French forward has penned a four-year contract at Old Trafford after joining the Red Devils for an undisclosed fee from Bordeaux.
Obertan follows Luis Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen through the doors of the Premier League champions so far this summer.
"Gabriel's a player we've tracked for a few years now but, because of his educational programme, our efforts to get him here have always been delayed," United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website.
"We're delighted to get him now as he's an exciting prospect. We like to get young players and develop them and we'll see that in Gabriel over the next two years."
The capture of Obertan is something of a surprise as the France Under-21 international struggled to make an impact at Bordeaux under former United defender turned coach Laurent Blanc last season and was loaned out to Lorient.
"I am very happy to join Manchester United," said Obertan, who will not take part in the club's pre-season tour to Asia due to a minor injury.
"This is a big opportunity for me to play at such a great club. I am very excited to be here and I look forward to proving what I can do."