Newcastle Still Interested In Romanian Defender

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 6”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 country’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 £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 Bacău and Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ. Dorin has played over 220 first class games and scored more than 14 goals.

Dorin Goian is known by Steaua’s fans as “Goe”, a nickname derived from his given name.

Comments welcome

26 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    lol stupid papers Manure after him ahahha, he’s a poor player, this is just paper talk.

  • Graeme

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Yet another player for the toon!!!

    Looks to be a usefull player, but know nothing about him other than whats on here!!

  • Julio Geordio

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Never heard of him tbh

    Surely just a couple more players and Newcastle would have been connected with every single player in Euro 08.

    It’s just like collecting Pannini stickers all over again

  • ToonKing

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    hi’s piss poor on the ground but good in the air. he can’t pass and tackle. not really a defender i’d like to see……let Manure have him rofl..

  • ToonPhill

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    i would prefer rat

  • Newcastle United.

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    He’s played well in the Euro’s but he looks dopey prone aswell. I dunno just something about him.

  • toonfan1

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #7

    newcastleunited-mad and newcastleutdfc are reporting that shola ameobi has made a move to norwich in a deal worth £3.5 million. GOD I HOPE THIS IS TRUE!

  • broon ale

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    who on earth and where on earth do these garbage stories come from..

  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Bad news : Galatassary want £16 million for Turan

    Good news : It’s put Arsenal off buying him

    Still it’s an extra £7 million from our original bid of £9 million just because he played well in 2 games

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Gutted about the Turan thing like, Never know though, could just be paper talk.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    two words why i dont beleive that turan news – tribal, football.

  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    lol @ seymour butts

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Reports are appartently linking us with Engelaar of Holland.

    Now that would appleal to me, we do need a defensive midfielder and this guy is formidable as well as being able to pass!

    But with some many ‘reports’ we’ll just have to wait until the start of the season to see who will wear the black and white stripes.

    In a perverse way i’ll be glad when the championships are over and Newcastle can get the ball rolling over matters which do interest us.

  • Marat18

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    arsenal in 10m arshavin move – mirror.

  • GM

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    would like to see the LB who played for Russia come to the toon, no idea what his name is though, same for their big centre forward to replace viduka

  • Kash2

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    I quite like the look of Razvan Rat the LB, but I think Shorey would be the safer and cheaper option!

  • Kash2

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Engelaar isn’t a DM, he’s an AM as he used to be a ST. He scored a fair few goals for FC Twente!

  • Jammy

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Engelaar is signing for Shalcke so that looks a non starter.

    All the rest are made up as far as I am concerned. I can’t imagine we would inform the press or any of the numerous bloggers who espouse half of the rumours.

    When Keegan was here last all the transfers were out of the blue, Shearer, Ferdinand, selling Andy Cole etc.

  • Kash2

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    The Schalke deal isn’t completed yet, as one component of the transfer has been agreed in principle but the rest hasn’t. There’s still time!

  • Geordie Nicks

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    yeah engelaar is an AM not DM, but wud certainly add a bit of beef to our midfield.

    If turans price is up to 16mil then we only have ourselves to blame, tight arse goin in with a 9mil bid, if he had went in with 13mil we cud hav had it wrapped up b4 euros, maybe if fat ash has to end up paying 16mil hell loosin the purse strings in future and not go in with tight arse bids

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Tomorrows chip wrapper!..

  • gorskino10

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #22

    he has looked good for Romania and maybe worth a punt if hes quite cheap then its a good buy, it feels like well gunna lose out on both players (Arda, Andrei)

  • Leo

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #23

    tamas looked better i think, rat looks good but shame about the name. lol.

    goian looks a bit weird doesnt he? something not quite right about that picture.

  • NUFCAl

    Jun 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Why spend significant money on a 27 year old Romanian who plays in the Romanian league and is therefore totally unproven against any sort of quality, when we wouldn’t sign 28 year old established Prem player Richard Dunne on the cheap because he was ‘too old’.

    Exactly, because it’s poppycock.

    Next, please.

  • reb

    Jun 19, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #25

    it’s those deep set eyes. they’re close together as well. the classic sign of a rapist.

  • NUFCAl

    Jun 19, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Seymour Butts, it was originally reported by The Times, not Tribal Football.

    I find the story fully believable, because that was clearly Galatasaray’s intention from the outset.


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