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Former Newcastle winger Gabriel Obertan links up with Sylvain Marveaux at Charlotte Independence

Former Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan has got himself a new club.

The Frenchman is heading to the United States, agreeing a deal with Charlotte Independence.

And Obertan will see a familiar face there, with Sylvain Marveaux also representing the North Carlonia-based side.

The pair were part of the French revolution at St James’ Park during the Alan Pardew era, but will go down as duds rather than success stories.


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While the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and even Moussa Sissoko did well, Obertan and Marveaux really struggled.

The former arrived at Newcastle from Manchester United in 2011 – three years before his new club were even formed.

His time with the Magpies was nothing to write home about, despite an exciting debut against Arsenal where his blistering pace dazzled the Toon Army.

Sadly, it quickly became apparent that all he had was pace. In total, Obertan played 76 times for the club, scoring three goals.

Since leaving Newcastle, Obertan has played for all over Europe.

In 2016 he went to Russia to play for Anzhi Makhachkala, but was released just a few months later.

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In January 2017 he joined Wigan, but suffered the same fate that summer when the Latics were relegated to League One.

He’s then played for Levski Sofia in Bulgaria and Erzurumspor in Turkey, before heading to America.

Obertan won’t be playing in the MLS – instead it will be the USL Championship.

But fans from all over can’t believe his latest move, or that he’ll be playing with Marveaux once more.

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