Newcastle United are said to be interested in Romanian Under-21 international defender Stefan Mardare, according to todayâ€™s Sunday Sun. Stefan turned just 20 years old a couple of weeks ago.
Stefan Mardare - 20 year-old outstanding Romanian prospect
Sources close to Mardareâ€™s club, FC Vaslui, claim that Newcastle United have already made a bid of around Â£1M ahead of the January transfer window, which opens in a short 15 days time. Vaslui have already turned down bids of around Â£700K for Mardare from both Rapid Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest in the summer, but Newcastle Unitedâ€™s bid could well be acceptable to the Romanian club.
Newcastleâ€™s new Eastern European scout, Vic Halom, has also been also been watching Mardareâ€™s club-mate, Serbian midfielder Marko Ljubinkovic, who we reported on earlier this week.
Mardare has only just turned 20 years old, but he has already attracted Everton as well as Newcastle from the English Premier League. This is only Mardareâ€™s second season in the Romanian top league.
Years Club App Goals
2005-2006 FCM BacÄƒu 05 0
2006- F.C. Vaslui 35 0
2007 Romania U21 08 0
Åžtefan Adrian Mardare was born in December 3, 1987 in BacÄƒu, Romania. Stefan is a central defender playing for F.C. Vaslui, and is part of the Romanian U21 team. There are different reports on Stefan’s height, but the most common seems to be around 185cm (6′). He graduated from the FCM BacÄƒu youth academy, and made his debut against Rapid BucureÅŸti at just 18 years old. After Bacau were relegated, he transferred to F.C. Vaslui last year, where he has become a first team regular, and is now considered to be one of Romania’s top prospects.
Sounds like this bot would be a good acquisition for the club and we certainly seem to be bringing in some top youngsters to the club in January. That will be great for out future, and we very much like that strategy that Chris Mort has put in place.