Julien Faubert (Midfielder)
1st Aug 1983 (Le Havre)Signed:
1st Jul 2007 (£6,100,000)Contract:
5 yearsPrevious Club:
Player of the Year (runner up) 2009/10; Most Improved Player 2009/10, (third place) 2011/12; Worst Signing (third place) 2007/08.
United forked out £6m to secure the services of the 23-year-old Bordeaux winger in the summer of 2007, making him Alan Curbishley's second close-season big-money signing behind Scott Parker.
The pacy Faubert - nicknamed 'Le TGV' by Bordeaux fans after the French express train - looked as if he was on his way to the SPL with Rangers with whom he had agreed personal terms, before West Ham intervened to snatch him from under the Glasgow club's nose.
Virtually unknown outside of France, the winger - who made his full international debut in 2006 - came highly-rated in his home country. However after he failed to make an impression in London, Faubert was loaned to Real Madrid for the second half of the 2008/09 season.