Mon 30 Oct 2023, 16:29 · Ash Harrison

‘It’s approaching’: Agent now says Newcastle are ready with an offer for £25m Romanian defender

‘It’s approaching’: Agent now says Newcastle are ready with an offer for £25m Romanian defender
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Newcastle United are weighing up a move for 21-year-old Genoa centre-back Radu Drăgușin according to the player's agent.

Rumours have been swirling around in the last few days about the Magpies' interest in Genoa defender Radu Drăgușin and now the player's agent has added fuel to the fire.

Eddie Howe's lack of squad depth has been exposed this season with the current injury crisis at Newcastle, with the biggest gaps being in attack and in the centre of defence.

Botman's injury has exposed our lack of depth at the back

Sven Botman's injury has seen Jamaal Lascelles get an extended run in the first team after many people thought his time at Newcastle was coming to an end.

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Botman has been unlucky with injuries this season

It would make sense that Newcastle would be eyeing young talent to bring in to back up Sven Botman and Fabian Schär and Drăgușin definitely fits that bill.

The Romanian international just made a permanent switch to Genoa in the summer after a successful loan spell from Juventus helped his new side gain promotion back to Serie A.

The player's agent thinks Newcastle will table an offer soon

Drăgușin has now made 10 Serie A appearances this season and his performances are attracting attention. His agent, Florin Manea, has been speaking to Fanatik in Romania to declare just how sought-after his client is.

“Genoa doesn't want to give it now, but in summer yes. If I get the price they want on it, you know it's a lot of money. Genoa wants 30 million, they said directly. I had a team that wanted to give 25, well it wasn't on paper, but…

I don't think there is anyone in Italy who gives this amount of €30 million. We talked about the Premier League area, we talked about Newcastle, but it's not just them, there are several teams I'm talking to.

There is no official offer yet, but it is approaching. It will be a pleasant surprise when it arrives."

We'll believe it when we see it, as agents love to use our name to stir up interest in a player these days.

Still, at just 21 and already a full international, he must have something going for him. £25million could be a stretch, though, especially in January.

Here's a quick reel of the Romanian's highlights:

And for the savants, here's a much more in-depth look at what Drăgușin can do: