Gabriel Obertan could be heading out of Newcastle earlier than expected.

The French winger could be on his way to Nantes in January according to France Football.

The French media organisation say that the winger who turns 27 next month, is of interest to the Ligue 1 club if a deal can be done.

One of Newcastle’s many below par players but on Premier League wages and given ridiculously long contracts, Obertan has been at Newcastle for a very long four and a half years and has scored a grand total of two Premier League goals in that time.

Nantes are currently 13th in Ligue 1 but are in the middle of a group of 10 clubs separated by only five points, so the French club are looking to strengthen to try and climb to the top of that grouping as well as to safeguard against being drawn into a relegation battle.

Obertan’s last action for Newcastle was as a substitute in the 2-2 home draw in September, before he became one of the many United players to pick up an injury in training.

There has been no reported return date as yet from his hamstring injury and some reports claimed he could be out until as long as March.

With the transfer window opening, there have been numerous reports of Newcastle being keen to move out a number of players who see their contracts end in June but who are surplus to requirements, with the likes of Marveaux, Williamson and Obertan heading that list.

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