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Obertan signs for Manchester United

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  • French under-21 international Gabriel Obertan joins Manchester United
  • Obertan switches from Bordeaux for a reported $4.9 million on a four-year deal
  • He is third Manchester United signing of the summer transfer window
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(CNN) -- Premier League champions Manchester United have completed the signing of Gabriel Obertan from Bordeaux on a four-year deal.

Obertan has the reputation of being an exciting young prospect.

Obertan has the reputation of being an exciting young prospect.

The 20-year-old winger is the third signing of the summer for United, who are replenishing their squad after the high profile departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

Obertan, who had attracted the attention of a number of Europe's leading clubs, can play in a variety of attacking roles and manager Alex Ferguson believes he has tremendous potential.

"We are delighted to get him now as he is an exciting prospect. We like to get young players and develop them, and we will see that in Gabriel over the next two years," Ferguson told the club's official Web site www.manutd.com.

Obertan, who was sent out on loan to Lorient for the latter part of last season by the eventual French league champions, has jumped at his chance to play at Old Trafford.

"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."

Obertan, who many are suggesting could be a long-term replacement for Ronaldo, is carrying a minor injury which means he will miss the club's pre-season tour.

He made his Bordeaux debut in 2006 and has made sporadic appearances for the first team, but has impressed with his performances for the France under-21 international side.

He joins United for a reported £3 million($4.9 million) and follows Antonio Valencia (Wigan) and Michael Owen (Newcastle) as summer acquisitions for the Red Devils.

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