Manchester United, Newcastle and Aston Villa were all linked yesterday with a move for the Romanian center-back Dorin Goian.
Dorin Goian – Newcastle’s first reported interest last December
The current Steaua Bucharest center-back has played superbly for Romania in Euro 2008, with Romania impressing everyone with their defensive solidity, against Italy and Holland.
The 27 year old, who stands at 6â€5, has been very steady in the heart of the defense for Romania, both during qualification for Euro 2008 and at the tournament itself.
Now that good form seems to have attracted a number of Premier clubs to the giant center-back, who would seem to be well suited to play in England.
Goian is excellent in the air, and formed a strong partnership with Tamas for Romania, and is also good at set pieces with his height and heading ability.
Goian plays for Steaua Bucharest, and has spent 4 seasons at his countryâ€™s top side, and helped them to semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2005/2006.
Newcastle have been interested in Goian for a while now, but have so far held off making any move for the player.
We don’t know if he would be second choice to Carlos Cuellar, the Spanish center-back at Rangers, who impressed greatly in his first season for the Scottish side.
The Romanian is rated at around Â£3.5M.
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 78 times for Steaua Bucuresti since 2004, but has scored just 5 goals. He has played for his country 21 times and scored 3 goals.
His previous clubs include NC Foresta Suceava, FCM BacÄƒu and CeahlÄƒul Piatra NeamÅ£. Dorin has played over 220 first class games and scored more than 14 goals.
Dorin Goian is known by Steauaâ€™s fans as â€œGoeâ€, a nickname derived from his given name.