• Premier League

Laudrup coy on Obertan

ESPN staff
August 8, 2012
Gabriel Obertan has shown only flashes of quality for Newcastle © PA Photos

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has refused to be drawn on reports linking him with Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan.

Obertan joined Newcastle from Manchester United last season for an undisclosed fee but found life difficult on Tyneside, eventually losing his place to compatriot Hatem Ben Arfa.

Laudrup is seeking out new midfield options, with Joe Allen on the brink of joining Liverpool, and it is being claimed Obertan is high on his list of targets.

When asked about a deal for Obertan following Swansea's 4-2 friendly victory over Blackpool on Tuesday, Laudrup said: "Speculation about players coming in, I don't want to comment on that.

"It is better for me to say I don't comment on rumours. I can comment on things about our players as it is different.

"When something is near or is done then you can ask me all you want."

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