Are Newcastle Really Interested In Romanian International?

We’re not too sure what to make of the news today that Newcastle United may be interested in former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu.

Adrian Mutu – an option for Newcastle?

The player is currently at Fiorentina and the news suggests that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is keen on the former Chelsea striker, but we’re not exactly convinced of that.

Mutu was fired by Chelsea back in 2004,  after testing positive for cocaine use, and he then joined Juventus and the just turned 32 year-old,  then moved to Fiorentina in 2006.

The 67 times capped Romanian (52 International goals!) has been a good player, but is now past his best, and we thought Newcastle were finished with bringing these older players to Newcastle, when they are past their best.

The news is that Mutu is now frustrated at Fiorentina, having played only 5 games for the Italian club this season, and would like a move somewhere else.

His agent is now trying to find a new club for his client, and he will no doubt have already contacted Newcastle.

But with big Andy Carroll likely to be out longer than Newcastle had envisaged – because they still haven’t got down to exactly what’s wrong with his thigh – maybe Mutu could be a good short term option for the Magpies for the rest of the season.

Pardew told the club’s official website yesterday:

“There will be some activity in the last few days of the window and I hope we will be part of that.”

‘We are still just looking at making offers and making calls. As much as we want a player – and we actually want two with Wayne Routledge going – it has to be right.”

It turns out the Romanian is still in a legal battle with the Stamford Bridge club, after losing his latest appeal in a dispute over £14M in damages that he had to pay the London club.

In his career so far, the 5’11” tall Mutu has appeared in 385 first class games, with 159 goals and he has played for a whole host of clubs – Arges Pitesti (Romania), Dinamo Bucuresti (Romania), Inter Milan, Verona, Parma, Chelsea, Juventus and Fiorentina.

We would be very surprised if Adrian Mutu arrives on Tyneside in January.

But let us know what you think.

Comments always welcome.

37 comments so far

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont know if mike would sanction it unless hes lookin for some1 to go on a few benders with, sorry but we dont need any more shady characters were trying to get away from all that.

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    32 old… NO THANKS. Could we get Podolski???

  • skutball1892

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #3


  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Nope,canny see it happenin

  • dublin mag steve

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    trolei i think podolski would be a massive hit i think hes currently with fc koln in germany so he might jump at the chance to play in the EPL

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Podolski would be great but his wages are probably huge

  • expatgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #7

    He’d enjoy himself in the Toon on Saturday nights

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    I would prefer Robbie Keane to Mutu.

    But I would prefer someone else over both of them!

  • Stuart

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9


  • G

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    I would rather see angry feminists attack my manhood with mallets, than see Mutu sign for Newcastle.

  • Davies

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    A 32 year old, coke snorting prima donna on high wages?

    SIGN HIM UP!!!

  • howay man

    Jan 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Podolski is available for nout in the summer, hes only 25 aswell, why havent we threw in an offer?

  • Hugo_Viana

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Here’s a cracking web page:

    It shows who is out of contract in the summer in the prem.

    Take your pick!!

  • Hugo_Viana

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we should give Michael Owen a second chance, he’s still got a lot to owe us yet since his move from Madrid.

    And after yesterday’s match i was impressed with Kieron Dyer, would be great to have him back on Tyne.

  • ALEK mkd NUFC

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #15

    michael owen and kieron dyer???????Get antoine sibierski and nobby solano

  • Hugo_Viana

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #16

    ur being sarcastic arent ya?

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #17

    @ Hugo_Viana // Jan 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Worrying to see LuaLua on there, we need to keep him.

  • listie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Hugo_Viana // Jan 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    Dont think there is anyone really stands out from that list.

    BOLTON – Johan Elmander – ST – Age 29

    EVERTON – Seamus Coleman – MF – He has signed a new 4 yr contract.

    EVERTON – Victor Anichebe – ST – Age 22

  • benscott123123

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Ricardo Fuller??

  • Brutooon

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Better than Ameobi?

    then YES!

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Mutu would be the perfect Newcastle character. He would have a headline everyday in every paper. But what is really wanted from Fiorentina is a healthy Jovatic.

    Glad NUFC is looking offshore to plug the holes and upgrade the squad. We can then have a work permit drama getting them in.

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks for posting that list Hugo_Viana.

    I reckon Obinna would be an awesome signing & he should come cheap aswell.

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #24

    NUFC_Richyg01 I agree, Lua Lua should not be there.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t believe we’re even linked with Mutu.
    Surely there’s better out there than a washed up 32 year old?

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26,19528,11675_6704467,00.html

    Well worth a go, relatively cheap wages, good player, works hard ,wants to play

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Birmingham City have offered Seb Larsson to Aston Villa as part of their bid to land Curtis Davies, can confirm.


  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    howay man, Podolski really will be a free agent in summer? We MUST offer him a contract NOW. 🙂

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #29

    P.S any news on Kranjcar? ? ?

  • CapeToonian09

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #30

    O’Hara would be a decent signing, hes got quik feet, lots of skill and likes to take players on and run at them. I reckon we need more players that are willing to play that way.

  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    we should get o’hara on loan with view to a perm move and 1st podolski if not either piatti, al arabi or barnetta and that would do us i think so we can play like this:

    ————–barton—- nolan—————
    –podolski———————-ben arfa—-
    and if we keep that carling cup team pushin 1st 11 would be
    that squad would push for europa league and is still young and experianced enough to grow and compete

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #32

    o’hara? no thanks. nothing better than what we have, really.

    I’ve heard Maynard’s had more setbacks from his injury, which is a shame as we’ve supposedly had interest since right before his injury last year

    don’t know who we’ll end up with but I would not mind Mutu in the slightest, honestly. There’s no duobt about his quality, he IS world class. If he f*cks things up in the dressing, i’m sure Carroll and Barton’ll take care of him and he’ll be out in a few short months. If he works out, we’ve lost nothing. I know it’s the same situation with Ireland, but really, who’s place is he going to take? Nolan’s? can anyone really see that happening, whether it were down to politics or performance? No, me neither.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #33

    There must be a reason why Podolski only ever plays during world cup month. I like th elook of the lad, but there must be a consistency issue with him, (or dare I say it: attitude). He certyainly would be an improvement to the squad, so YES. If he produces, we could have a real winner on our hands.

  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #34

    even if podolski is my 1st choice in there i’am in 2 minds cos like lynxie said may have some consistancy issues and prob high wages would maybe prefer a younger talent to allow partnerships to grow in team and wages would be lower its just cost ov buying 1 makes it unlikely but that squad with that front 3 would terroise prem def pace, power, finishing and creavtity

  • Mancgeordie

    Jan 27, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #35

    we should forget mutu(if true) and ireland and get the cheaper and more long term options that are available to us

  • jim

    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #36

    I have to say, its sickening to see the mackems capture Muntari and Sessegnon-just had a deek at the 2 of them in video clips-their like Obafemi Martins but with more skill-nice one Mike-nice to see u have your scouts out in full force capturing bargains like them-not! bit late now tho-all Overdew talks about is hes glad to keep players! Can you all say were happy finishing below the mackems? Anyway lets get Obafemi back…lol- Crikey tho, no Carroll- we need someone in! Rant!

  • Bentley

    Jan 27, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Sign him Pardew!


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