Claims earlier on Tuesday said that Gabriel Obertan was arriving back in English football.

Just a few hours before the deadline hour, that has been confirmed.

Wigan have signed Obertan until the end of the season and are now just awaiting international clearance.

The former Man Utd player scored two league goals in his five years at Newcastle and made only 15 Premier League starts in the final four years of his five year contract at St James Park.

After Rafa Benitez paid him off early before last season finished, Obertan eventually ended up on a short-term deal at Anzhi in Russia, though when that ended last month they opted not to keep him on.

Wigan and Gabriel Obertan are due at St James Park on Saturday 1 April, though TV could change that.

Official Wigan Athletic Statement:

‘Gabriel Obertan signs for Latics

Gabriel Obertan joins Wigan Athletic.

Former France U21 winger Gabriel Obertan signs for Latics.

“He adds great experience to the squad.” – Warren Joyce on Gabriel Obertan.

Wigan Athletic have signed Former Manchester United, Newcastle United and France Under 21 winger Gabriel Obertan, subject to international clearance. 

The 27 year-old, who was at Paris Saint-Germain as a boy before completing his apprenticeship and turning professional with Bordeaux, has undergone a medical and signed a short-term contract until the end of the season following his release from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Obertan spent two years at Manchester United and manager Warren Joyce knows the player well. He said: “He adds great experience to the squad and offers us another option in the wide areas. He’s a top professional with great quality.”

The Frenchman was transferred to Newcastle United in 2011 and played 76 times for the Magpies before his move to Russia.’