There was news yesterday that Newcastle may be after another Romanian, in addition to 6’5″ center-back Dorin Goian, who we reported on earlier today.
Razvan Rat – left back played over 50 times for Romania
The Romanian defense has looked extremely solid in the European 2008 Championships, and not surprisingly a lot of their players are now being looked at by the European big clubs.
The agent of Romania international full-back Razvan Rat has said that his player is attracting interest from the Premiership League.
The Shakhtar Donetsk defender has been linked with both Sunderland and Newcastle.
Rat’s agent, Ioan Becali, said yesterday:
“Last winter Shakhtar Donetsk refused an offer of Â£4M for Rat.”
“They’re a rich club and do not intend to sell him below the figure of Â£5M.”
“The player has attracted a lot of interest from England.”
The agent is obviously trying to pump up the transfer price, and presumably the personal terms, for his client, but we’ve been impressed with both Dorin Goian and Razvan.
Rat moved to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003 and has played 79 times for the Ukranian club with 3 goals.
He has played for Romania since 2002, and now has over 50 caps for his country and one goal.
He was born in Slatina, Romania in May, 1981, stands 5’10” tall, and played for both FCM BacÄƒu and Rapid BucureÅŸti in Romania, before joining Shakhtar.
It may be that Newcastle’s first choice for left-back will be Nicky Shorey, but if we cannot get Nicky at a decent price, Razvan may be a decent alternative, although the 27 year-old has no PL experience.