Thereâ€™s yet another center-back that Newcastle United have been linked with today, and that is the massive 6â€™5″ Romanian center-back Dorin Goian.
Newcastle scouts have been out and about during the last few weeks scouting various defenders that Newcastle still need to patch up their still leaky defense.
Let’s take a look at just exactly who Dorin Goian is.
Dorin Goian – 6’5″ central defender plays for Steaua Bucharest
The defense again looked too porous yesterday, even though the Newcastle players gave everything they had trying to get some points at Blackburn. Newcastle are not the only team interested in Goian, as we understand Manchester City and Sven Eriksson are also trailing the Romanian.
Last week it appears that both Premiership teams had their scouts watching Goian in the Champions League action for Steaua Bucharest in midweek. But Steaua look to be on their way out of competition after Wednesdayâ€™s 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague, and it may be that Goian will become available in January.
The Romanian is rated at Â£3.5M and the 26-year-old is good in the air as both a defender and in set plays too. He seems the exact player Sam will need to shore up Newcastleâ€™s defense, which has been surprisingly weak in the air, when Abdoulaye Faye is out. It is also thought that Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart have also monitored the Romanian.
Dorin Nicolae Goian was born in December, 1980 in Suceava, Romania. He is renowned for scoring goals even though he is a center-back. He has played 63 times for Steaua Bucuresti since 2004, but has scored just 3 goals. He is a Romanian international having played for his country 17 times and scored 3 goals.
His previous clubs include NC Foresta Suceava, FCM BacÄƒu and CeahlÄƒul Piatra NeamÅ£. Dorin has played over 200 first class games and scored more than 12 goals. Dorin Goian is known by Steaua’s fans as “Goe”, a nickname derived from his given name.
Is this player who we need in January? Bear in mind he has no Premiership experience and presumably will need some time to settle in, just like the defenders we already brought to the club in the summer. Let us know.
Comments always welcome.