Newcastle Want Talented 19 Year-Old Romanian This Summer

There’s a report coming out of Italy that Newcastle United are interested in 19 year-old Inter-Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu, who is a rising star in Italy.

The Tuttomercatoweb report is that Newcastle want the 6ft 2ins Romanian, who is only now recovering from injury .

The teenager has made just one appearance for the Inter-Milan first team, when he played at the end of last season against Sassuolo but he is rated by the Inter club.

19 year-old Inter-Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu

The report is that Serie A club Cagliari are also interested in signing the player, but if Rafa rates Radu expect Newcastle to go after him this summer.

He could have even been tipped off about the player from contacts at the club he managed in 2010 for a while after leaving Liverpool FC.

Assuming we are back in the Premier league soon (like tonight) Rafa Benitez will definitely want to strengthen the first team squad, but he will also be keen to also strengthen the Youth side and Peter Beardsley’s U23 side.

Newcastle do have four first team goalkeeper vying for the number one spot, but that will be reduced to three this summer with Tim Krul, Matz Sels, Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow leaving the club – take your choice.

We also have a top 19 year-old England goalkeeper in Freddie Woodman out on loan and doing well at Kilmarnock at the moment.

But gone are the days when we’d say why do we need another teenage goalkeeper brought in.

It used to be even worse than that – we used to say if we had a good player in one position why do we need another player in that same position brought in?

Things have changed a lot since then – especially with Rafa now on board.

Rafa wants to have real competition at all levels at the club and in any case, with teenagers you just never know if they are going to make it and mature into top players.

It will be interesting if we can get Radu in during the summer and just how many younger players Newcastle can bring in – we have a feeling the manager will be pushing hard to improve the standards at all levels of the club.

The more competition at all levels of the club – the better it will be at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Budge123

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #1

    Would rather see Woodman get his chance.
    We are relatively well stocked on goalies!

    So looking forward to the match tonight. Hopefully will be a ‘I was there ‘ game.

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2


    Rafa wont drop his captain !!!!

  • cyprus

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do we need another teenage goalkeeper brought in?

    That’s copy paste 🙂

    Score for tonight? Have no idea, as has been the case for ever with NUFC! Which team will show up? ‘Leeds’ or ‘Ipswich’? Your guess. Fear for a nervous 1-1 draw, hope for a win.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed , come on, you tried to play it down??? you love the rumours and you know it. click bait heaven.

    I would like to see both Mitro and Murphy =M AN M , i know it’s nutty, but i think it could a sweet combo.

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    i’d also like to see shelvy also play behind the front two,

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately in the Birmingham away match we never had a chance to see “M and M” for any length of time as Mitro was stretchered off the pitch with a slashed knee very early on. Would love to see Rafa give it another go!

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    Rafa is a machine.. Unable to go against his factory set program or he will self destruct.
    But, we all know he likes to spring a surprise. And it must be tempting to do one for the fans! 🙂

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #8

    sing in the corner @7

    that’s next week mate !!!!!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #9

    not another keeper, anyway lets get behind the lads and sing from the start till end attack from the start too.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #10

    “Rafaels black n white army”

    Come on!!

  • JamesToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Reading Hayden’s and other players words it’s evident that the lads clearly love rafa, but into his style and tactics and want to play/impress him.

    My confirmed rafa bingo

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Hayden
    Ritchie Perez Atsu

    Hopefully with a few days off the lads will be really fresh fit and ready to go. I don’t care how we do it tonight just get the job done and take our chances

  • JamesToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #12

    *buy into his style and tactics

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    enjoy the game lads
    thats me off to the toon

    good luck toon army

  • JamesToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Daily mail saying we’re interested in jay Rodriguez

    Suspect the transfer rumours to really hot up once we’re up

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Jay Rodriguez. No thanks!

  • toon kk

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Tonight is our cup final, I’m sure Rafa will have our players up for the game, just hope they turn up and preform. You never know what we’ll get.
    I see there’s been a lot of ridiculous predictions for our winning score line. I’m not sure who’s going to score them?
    Expect a tough game and hopefully we’ll nick it by a odd goal. We have no prolific goal scorers without Gayle.

    Looking forward to “we are going up ” officially in front of the camera’s.
    Come on Newcastle!

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #17

    One of many reasons I will be celebrating promotion tonight if, as expected, we beat PNE, is hopefully the True Geordie will once again be focusing on Newcastle matches in his “Football Hangover” rants on YouTube. Since we were relegated he has rarely commented on our matches. I have really missed his post match “comments” this year! 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18


    Sing ya little heart out my friend. Wish I could be there.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Enjoy the match lad! Howay!

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit even…

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Think Rafa will go with the exact team that started against Leeds tonight.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    I hope Mitro gets on from the start. Brings passion and we need that tonight. I reckon 3-0. Kid and me will be in the jerseys. Come on Newcastle.

  • sparky55

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Mitro to start…he’ll bag 2 and we’ll score 4

  • beermonkey

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Have to. Agree Wil hail same team that started against Leeds

    As long as we win. It can be pretty football or ugly I don’t care
    As long as we win

  • frankie

    Apr 24, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Clark will start so there will be changes from Leeds match.


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