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Today’s press

January 12, 2010 Leave a comment
  • CFR’s owner Arpad Paszkany denied all the rumors related to Arsenal’s interest in Lacina Traore (19). He admitted instead that Udinese is keeping tabs on the striker, who scored 4 goals in the league so far this season.
  • The American that Steaua is trying to sign is Josh Tudela (25), a central midfielder who played his last official match last summer, for LA Galaxy. He could become the second player bought by the Bucharest side from Major League Soccer, after the Colombian left footed midfielder Juan Carlos Toja (24), bought in 2008 from FC Dallas. Tudela comes as a free agent and will have to convince the staff in the next couple of months that he deserves a contract.
  • Mamadou Diakite (24), a central defensive midfielder from Belgian outfit Excelsior Mouscron, is coming to Romania to see Rapid’s facilities and discuss the terms of a possible deal.
  • Steaua keeps pressing FC Brasov, hoping to find a deal that would help the Bucharest club get rid of an unwanted player and strengthen the squad with a new aquisition. It seems that Steaua has offered the out-of-favor Dayro Moreno (24) on loan, after the initial 500.000 EUR offer for Portuguese full-back Rui Duarte (29) had been turned down, hoping to get FC Brasov’s board in a better mood. Dayro Moreno came to Bucharest from Once Caladas with the “wonderkid” label, but rarely lived up to the expectations and neither severe punishment nor the credit received from the new coach and management managed to change his attitude and approach.
  • Universitatea Craiova released the experienced utility man Florin Soava (31), although the player has been a regular (at left back, in central defense or in the midfield line) since his return to Romania, at the beginning of 2009. Soava had played in Russia since 2004, with spells at Spartak Moscow, Krylia Sovetov and Khimki.
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Today’s press

January 11, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Ronny Levy was officially presented today as the new coach of Unirea Urziceni. He signed a contract until June 2011 and has dismissed all the transfer rumors, stating that he’ll use this next period to figure out the team’s weak points. Unirea lost two important players, Tiberiu Balan and Dacian Varga, but seems to keep the excellent Argentinian Pablo Brandan, as the interest from VFB Stuttgart resulted in a “ridiculous” bid, according to the club’s manager Mihai Stoica.
  • Steaua’s owner announced that Bulgarian centre forward Krum Bibishkov has been already released, but Gigi Becali seems to have some problems in getting rid of Rafal Grzelak. The Polish midfielder earns 13.000 EUR / month and is under contract until June 2010.
  • Steaua is interesting in buying Rui Sandro Carvalho Duarte (29) from FC Brasov. Probably the best player on this position in Romania, the Portuguese right back was bought in 2008 from Estrela Amadora and FC Brasov thinks that he’s worth more than the half of million euro offered by Steaua.
  • CFR Cluj announced that a second transfer will be completed tomorrow, when Kasali Yinka Casal (22) is expected to sign a long term deal. The Nigerian comes from Swindon Town and plays at left back.

Today’s press

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Ronny Levy signed a contract with champions Unirea Urziceni. He will earn 20.000 EUR per month + bonuses, until June 2011. Levy inherits a strong team, which finished third in a tough Champions League group (played against Sevilla, VFB Stuttgart and Glasgow Rangers) and will continue to play in Europe this spring. Defending the title in the league is another objective still in reach, as Unirea has the same number of points (41) with CFR Cluj and Steaua. Only two players departed this winter, the wingers Dacian Varga and Tiberiu Balan, who were loaned from second division club Sportul Studentesc. Levy probably has been promised a transfer budget, although Urziceni was an expert (under Dan Petrescu and Mihai Stoica) in reviving the careers of players released or sold almost for nothing by smaller clubs.
  • Steaua seems to have reached an agreement with Bulgarian striker Hristo Yovov (32), who should get 10.000 EUR / month until the summer, a substantial bonus (100.000 EUR according to http://www.gsp.ro) in case the club wins the title and the option to extend the current deal for one more year. The problem is that, so far, nobody from Steaua contacted Levski Sofia, but coach Mihai Stoichita will try to get the green light from the club during the weekend, when he’ll travel to Bulgaria.
  • FC Timisoara will keep Pedro Manuel Taborda Moreira (31) until the end of the season, when his contract will expire. The club gave full (sometimes too much) credit to the very promising Costel Pantilimon (22) – on Arsenal’s shortlist – and also bought last summer Nemanja Supic (27), but Taborda impressed in the three appearances for the club this season (a solid display in Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb!) and, with Supic quite injury prone, will be kept as backup. Of course, the club will have to offer/promise something to a player who has every reason to look for another club right now.
  • Otelul Galati released Gjorgji Mojsov (24), a central midfielder bought last summer from Rabotnicki. Played in seven games this season, three times as a starter. Otelul also terminated the loan of Arthur Patras, who came from Timisoara and is a regular for Moldova U21. This way, the club for Galati makes room in the first eleven for the promising Razvan Ochirosii, recently transferred (and partially bought) from Steaua, as part of the Zhivko Zhelev deal.

Today’s press

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Rapid is trying to sign the former Olympique Marseille and Grenoble forward, Elliot Grandin (22). Of course, the deal will go through only if Grandin will come to Bucharest as a free player, as Rapid is currently trying to get 6 mil. EUR to clear some debt and aquire the license for top flight football next season.
  • Another target for Rapid is Ventspils’ Edgars Gauracs (21). In this case, the Bucharest club is hoping for a loan with a buying option in the summer. Gauracs impressed in Latvia U21 – Romania U21 5-1, when he managed to score a hat-trick.
  • Marc Wotte is in Romania, finalizing the negotiations with Adrian Mititelu, the owner of Universitatea Craiova. The Dutchman has been offered a contract until June 2010 and should get 20.000 EUR / month + bonuses. My bet is that he won’t stay until the end of the contract, if he signs.
  • Polish international Pawel Golanski (27) has entered the last six months of the current contract and Steaua isn’t at all keen to extend it, mainly because the right back was unavailable several times due to different injuries and they’d like a more consistent player. But they’ll probably keep Golanski if he agrees to earn less (around 100.000 EUR / season). Fact: in two and a half seasons, Golanski collected 42 starts in the league and this season featured in 10 of the 17 played so far.

Grahovac to Otelul

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Otelul Galati announced today the signing of Branko Grahovac (26) from Borac Cacak. The goalkeeper from Montenegro agreed to a five years long contract and the transfer fee was 50.000 according to Marius Stan, the club’s president. This means that the Bulgarian Stoyan Kolev (33) will be either transferred or released in the near future, after two solid years spent at the Romanian club. Kolev and the other Bulgarian player, Zhelev, probably became too expensive for this small and financially troubled club, as I cannot see any other reason for giving up two of the team’s most consistent performers.

Two Slovenian players on the move

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment

FC Timisoara announced the release of Dejan Rusic (27). The powerful striker came to Romania in 2008 and scored 9 goals in 42 appearances in the league. Seriously injured, never played this season for Timisoara and during 2009 has never featured in the team’s first eleven!
The other Slovenian player from Timisoara, Dare Vrsic (25), has been granted a move on loan back to his country, if he finds an interested club. The attacking midfielder showed some promise, but proved quite prone to injuries. In fact, in two and a half seasons collected only 22 games in the league. His contract with Timisoara runs until June 2012 and the Romanian club probably hopes to have him back to full match fitness at the end of this loan spell.

Today’s press

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Steaua seems to have agreed to sign three players, but only one deal has some sort of confirmation so far: the Bulgarian centre-back Zhivko Zhelev agreed to a 10.000 EUR/month contract and will leave his current club, Otelul Galati. In exchange, Steaua will send to Galati the talented left midfielder Razvan Ochirosii (who was “snatched” from the same club by Mihai Stoica, now at Unirea Urziceni), one of the hottest prospects a few years ago, but who never made it among the seniors at Steaua. Otelul gets rid of a problem and also gets 50% of a talented 20 years old. Good deal!
  • The other two Steaua targets: Bulgarian striker Hristo Yovov and Rwanda central defender Edwin Ouon.
  • Adrian Cristea (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old) has been offered to Kuban Krasnodar for 1 mil. EUR. This is no surprise, as Dan Petrescu, the new manager, has been given complete control over transfers and already announced that will try to sign 5 or 6 Romanian players. Cristea is definitely among the most talented, but has an atitude problem and is a gamble Petrescu won’t make. Same situation with Ianis Zicu (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old), although Petrescu already tried to sign him when he was coaching Unirea Urziceni, so has better chances. Anyway, it’s going to be a very good month for agents Victor and Ioan “Giovani” Becali ;-).
  • Vladimir Bozovic (left back/left midfielder, Rapid, 28 years old) is a target for a French first division outfit, according to his agent, Zvonko Milojkovic. Rapid is in deep financial trouble and owner George Copos has been trying to sell the club (the German businessman Lutz Stache was the last person interested in such a deal), so raising money from transfers looks like the only option right now. Rapid paid 200.000 for his transfer from OFK Belgrade in 2007, but won’t settle for anything below 1 mil. EUR.
  • In case Gigel Bucur (striker, FC Timisoara, 29 years old) leaves to club – an offer from Kuban is expected – the Viola outfit will try to sign the Argentinian Pablo Osvaldo Vazquez (centre forward, Strongest, 27 years old).
  • The talented Gheorghe Grozav (forward, Unirea Alba Iulia, 19 years old) is very close to a deal with Standard Liege, where he went on trial last summer and left a good impression. The transfer fee: 300.000 EUR
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