Surprise double signing sees Gabriel Obertan reunite with former Newcastle winger

Remember Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux?

After flattering to deceive during their time on Tyneside, the French duo have been reunited in America after signing for second tier side Charlotte Independence.

Obertan arrives on a free transfer after failed spells in Russia, Bulgaria and Turkey, while Marveaux – now 35 – also signs on a Bosman after being released by Ligue 1 side SC Lorient this summer.

Still just 32-years-old, Obertan was bought by Alan Pardew when he took a chance on the Man Utd reject for £3million back in 2011.

Despite starting the season as first-choice regular during our impressive 5th-placed season in 11/12, he quickly lost his place and was only used sparingly for us after than, before being sold following relegation in 2015/16.

Obertan scored 3 goals in 73 games in a disappointing spell at the club, while the injury prone Marveaux managed two goals and nine assists in 57 appearances in a black and white shirt.

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