Tottenham are chasing Lazio defender Stefan Radu. The Romania international is valued at around £8 million.
If anyone thought Tottenham were resting on their laurels with regards to new signings for next season then they are very much mistaken. Despite being on the lookout for a new manager the club are still going ahead with their transfer plans for the summer.
Frank De Boer and Mauricio Pochettino are the clear front runners for the vacant manager’s job at White Hart Lane, however over the past few days it’s all gone a little quiet, but its business as usual for the club on the transfer front.
Sporting Director Franco Baldini has been instructed by the board to carry on his duties of finding new summer signings, as they look to build on last season’s 6th placed finish.
One of the first new arrivals at Spurs this summer could be Romanian defender Stefan Radu, who currently plays in Serie A with Lazio. Baldini, who used to work at Lazio’s fierce rivals Roma, knows Radu from his time in Italy and it is expected that he would be available for around £8 million, with two-years to run on his contract at the Stadio Olimpico.
The 27-year old Romanian, who has been plying his trade at Lazio since 2008, is an accomplished left-back however it is his versatile strengths that has attracted Spurs. His capabilities of playing anywhere across the backline makes him a useful player to have, and this is fast becoming dying breed in football.
Last season Tottenham used Kyle Naughton as a makeshift left-back when first choice Danny Rose was out injured or suspended; however he failed to impress, and would regularly find himself out of position.
After conceding 51 goals in 38 games, and being on the end of some big defeats, most notably 5-1 and 6-0 to title winners Manchester City, Spurs know they have to vastly improve next season, and their defence is their main priority. With Jan Vertonghen’s future also up in the air Tottenham are desperate to improve their back-line ahead of the new campaign.
Injuries and loss of form for Vlad Chiriches, Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Naughton, Rose and Vertonghen didn’t help but with Radu’s versatility it is hoped he would solve part of the issue.
Radu made 30 appearances for Lazio this season who, like Spurs, endured a disappointing league campaign and finished ninth in Serie A and with a number of senior players looking to leave the club, Radu is at the front of the queue.
The former Dinamo Bucharest man moved to Italy in January 2008, dubbed “The new Chivu” by Romanian media, initially on a loan deal however after impressing the Italians he signed on a permanent basis in the summer for €4.5 million.
During the 2011-2012 season he was appointed captain of the side and played at centre back however since Edoardo Reja took charge two years ago Radu has been used as a left-back.
After making his Romania debut in 2006, Radu has since gone on to make 14 appearances for his national side, with his last appearance just over a year ago.
Radu made his debut for the Romanian national team in 2006, following the country’s failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Germany and was an unused player during the country’s 2008 European Championship campaign. That in itself was a surprise after he was decorated by President Traian Basescu, for the results on qualifying for the tournament, and was awarded with Medalia “Meritul Sportiv” — (The Medal “The Sportive Merit”) class III.
Manchester United have also expressed an interest in signing the Romanian however with first-team football on the cards at White Hart Lane, and compatriot Chiriches settling in to life at Spurs, North London looks his most likely destination.