The Journal is reporting today that Newcastle may be after 27 year-old Lazio center-back Stefan Radu, and are said to be pondering an £8M bid for the 14 times capped Romanian center-back.
Stefan Radu – highly rated center-back
Newcastle were all ready about a year ago to sign FC Twente center-back Douglas, who at the time was a free agent and we had been tracking for about 18 months.
But when Joe Kinnear came in one as the new Director of Football, one of the first mistakes he made was to nullify the deal, and that caused Managing Director Derek LLambias to quickly resign from the club.
So we may be back to where we were before Joe started his disastrous spell as Director of Football, and we could be strengthening our central defense, and the 6′ tall center-back, who can also play at left-back, is a powerful and highly rated player.
Radu was born in Bucharest and joined Lazio back in 2008 from Dinamo Bucuresti, and so far he has played 157 times with 5 goals for the Rome club.
He’s well though of in Rome, and Manchester United and Tottenham have also shown some interest in the player.
Newcastle’s defense has conceded far too many goals in the last two seasons – 124 in total and including a record high 65 the season before last – and we need some defensive reinforcements brought in this summer.
And if the club can do that, we could even see players like Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave this summer, so it’s not surprising that Newcastle will be linked with a number of defenders this summer.
From what we can tell Radu would strengthen the Newcastle back four.
What do you think?