Newcastle has signed French winger Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United on a five-year contract.

The 22-year-old Obertan will be available for the Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday after ending his two-year Old Trafford career.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says that Obertan ''has great pace and excellent technique and he has improved his power in the last 12 months.''

Pardew believes that Obertan ''is ready now to make a real impact in the Premier League.''