News tonight that both Ipswich Town and Newcastle United have made enquiries about Dinamo Bucharest striker Andrei Cristea, according to reports in the Romanian press.
Andrei Cristea – Newcastle interested in Romanian striker
The 26-year-old Romanian International (8 caps), has scored 56 goals in 172 total senior appearances, so far in his career and stands around 5’11” tall.
Dinamo value the player at £1.7M, and reports in Romania suggest that Newcastle are ready to bid around £1.25M for the Bacau, Romanian born striker.
Ipswich Town are also interested in the player but the Romanian club would prefer to deal with a Premier League club with their bigger financial resources – right!
Cristea started his career with hometown club FCM Bacau, joining Steaua Bucharest for $1M in 2004, and in 2006 joined FC Timisoara, although there was interest from French club Sochaux.
The player then had a loan spell at Politehnica Iasi in the second half of the 2007-2008 season, and Cristea’s goals helped rescue the club from relegation from the top flight.
In May of 2008 Cristea signed a five-year deal with his current club, Dinamo Bucharest, but then moved back to Politehnica Iasi for a second loan spell in January of last year, returning to Dinamo last summer.
Cristea was the top scorer in the Romanian league during last season with 16 goals, and scored another 4 goals in other competitions, for a total of 20 goals last season.
We don’t really know enough about this player first hand, to know if he would be a decent signing for Newcastle – but what do you think?