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Mirel Radoi To Join Pompey?

Pompey to sign Mirel Radoi?

The defensive midfielder was highly rated in the Romanian Division A last season.

Gigi Becali, the owner of Steaua Bucharest, has agreed to a deal. Although he is unwilling to name the club buying the player but reports suggest it`s Portsmouth (however Pompey had an offer for Emana accepted today.)

'Look, I'm not just his godfather now, I'm also his agent', he said, 'we're talking about a Premier League football team here.

'The transfer is 90% complete. I will know 100% on Wednesday. I'm a business man, I asked for 12 million Euros for him, we negotiated and eventually we agreed on 11 million Euros.

The player is believed to have agreed a contract. 'I sorted everything out, contract, salary, the deal is as good as done. I talked to Mirel as well and he said 'Godfather, I'll do as you say'', added Becali.

'I'm reluctantly letting him go but I'm doing it for him, not for the money. I would have given him away for 10 million (euros) but we shook hands on 11,' he added.

Milan Mandaric was apparently in Bucherest on Friday to agree to the deal.

'Roach called me two days ago and asked me to put him in touch with Steaua,' said Illie Dumitrescu.

'A month and a half ago, the English wanted Mirel for 6 million,' the former Romanian international revealed.

'Gigi (Becali) said the offer was very low. If someone close to Steaua said that he refused the offer I wouldn't believe them, but somebody from Liverpool phoned me and told me about Becali's refusal.'

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Date:Saturday June 17 2006

Time: 8:24PM

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Can you get some background info on this guy Les? Iv'e never heared of him before!
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17/06/2006 20:58:00

Let's hope he ain't another expensive euro flop. Takes's time to settle & understand the lingo etc. It's seem a lot of dosh for who?
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17/06/2006 21:03:00

I now read on another Pompey website that this chap was looked at by Liverpool as a possible replacement for Gerrad. If that's the case it could be a good deal for us. Didn't know Gerrard was off anywhere?
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17/06/2006 21:08:00

you don't want to read my fellow websites, they don't have a clue! Will do linvoy!
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17/06/2006 21:21:00

Mirel Radoi is the best football player in Romania and I hope he gets to another team from UK. No offence, but Steaua, the team where Radoi is captain won the championship and played the UEFA semi finals, so I think it would be better if he got to a better team than the last in UK. Any way, here in Romania, we don`t know anything for sure, but it appears that he will eventually go to Liverpool
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18/06/2006 05:48:00

hey people, did i read that radoi was going to go to man utd a while back but they couldnt agree personal terms ?
pompey pessimist
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18/06/2006 10:02:00

storagematt ... there are rumours that Gerrrrrrrard is in "advanced negotiations" at Real Madrid ... i CANNOT believe this at all though ... look at what happened to Owen ... if he leaves, its only for the $$$$$$$$$. YET, i think he loves football and the pool so I cant see him doing it.
pompey pessimist
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18/06/2006 10:19:00

i heard we out bid man u this year
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18/06/2006 10:20:00

well in that case if man ure and pool are interested in this player then maybe it is worth it. what i dont understand is why we cant afford DA wage packet yet we are willing to add 4mil to a price tag ??? i am reading this right ?
pompey pessimist
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18/06/2006 10:53:00

http://www.answers.com/topic/mirel-r-doi <----- There ya go lads and lasses. A little bit about him. I'm not sure that someone coming out of Romania is worth paying 11 mill euros for.
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18/06/2006 18:02:00

I don't think so ! Probably MANU, Liverpool or Arsenal, he emphasized so many times he won't leave for money but for glory. Watch this guy next season in Premiership he plays in the same style like Gerrard... and one more thing, don't try to compare him with MUTU just because is another romanian , he is completely different
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19/06/2006 11:33:00

Guys, he is worth the money if portsmouth has indeed paid it (which I do doubt). I am a Steaua fan and you can't imagine just how crucial he has been to our game this season - and what a season it has been... won the league and made it to uefa cup semifinals. He has been a fantastic player for Steaua in the past 3-4 years and I have no doubts he will be a fantastic player for the team that buys him. He plays in midfield but can also play very in the defence (he started with steaua as a central defender). I think 7mil is a bargain for a player of his skills and if he comes and plays in England and he is in good health I am sure he'll be worth double that in a year's time.
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19/06/2006 17:07:00

"I'm not sure that someone coming out of Romania is worth paying 11 mill euros for." - RADOI IS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN ANY PLAYER FROM POMPEY. He would be wrong, in my opinion, to go for a lesser club(Steaua is way above Portsmouth, and I'm not saying that because I'm romanian). Although, as a league, it would be great for him to go to a team in the Premiership. If he goes to Pompey, I guarantee that in a few months you will be praising him and making songs about him. He would be influential there. Truth be told, he would not stay there for long, I'm sure, just to get known and learn the language better, then bigger clubs will notice him and buy him. He may have a problem with the work permit, as in the last 2 years he has not played many international games, not because lack of valour, but due to a conflict he had with our national team's manager - Victor Piturca. Now he is back on track there also, but the rules will have to be bent a little for him to get a work permit there. That's why I'm reluctant to the gossip about him going to the UK.
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20/06/2006 13:59:00

Mirel Radoi is a great player...is the best player in Division A from Romania... the price is very large for that championship ...but the player is excelent and he deserve a better club in premiership like liverpool or manchester united ...you will se you won't regret i bet on him with life
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20/06/2006 14:08:00

hy guys, please try to not be mad at me but onestly i must say that i don`t thing portsmouth is a good option for our player mirel radoi. in mean you are on the 17 th place(come on) so he s a very good midfielder(i thnk one of the best in europe at this time) so he could be more usefull to a team playing in ucl or uefa cup. but if the rumours come true i wish u all the best and i am sure that next year with him at the midlle or in the central axe of your deffence you will do a nice season... u can not imagine how i regret him...but once again good luck! fortza mirel radoi!fortza steaua bucuresti. UCL WINNERS. PROUD TO HAVE STEAUA IN MY HEART!
mirel radoi
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20/06/2006 14:31:00

what can i say...you have to consider yourselves very lucky and happy if you will buy this awesome player.we will never forget him and he will be always our captain..
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20/06/2006 16:03:00

radoi is a fantastic player...i think he has to go at manu or liverpool because he deserve. please don't compare him with mutu. if radoi arrives on pompey he will be the best player of the team next season...god please got radoi to pompey...a silently pompey's fan
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20/06/2006 16:16:00

Radoi is a much greater player than your superstar Gerrard.he can play defensive midfielder,central midfielder,central defender,right back and even left back(he played left back in some games for Steaua).i wouldn't get my hopes up.He's to big for your team.he is worth more than 11 mil E and even if your club pays the sum, he won't come to play for your club.british football is mediocre.in fact, Romania hasn't lost a match against england in over 30 years.The best english teams don't even have or have to few english players in their starting line-up:Arsenal-0;Manchester-2 or 3;Chelsea-3.Liverpool-2. Radoi deserves to play fot big clubs only.Clubs like Barcelona or Inter Milan or Liverpool(if he must play in england).Portsmouth is to small a club for him.What's portsmouth's objective for next season?avoid relegation?I am really sorry but radoi cannot play for a club whit an objective such as that. For those of you who do not know Mirel Radoi i advice you to be on a look-out, cause my boy Radoi willl show you what a real football player looks like.you can watch him play with Steaua Bucharest in the 2006-2007 UEFA Champions League. p.s. in the 2003-2004 UEFA cup season Mirel Radoi(22 years old at that time) played with Steaua against Liverpool.Radoi played right back because Steaua didn't have a very big squad at that time.Radoi went from central defender to right back(even right wing back.he helped the offensive.) and he was considered player of the match in both marches.Radoi made such a good game that at one time,Gerrard,annoyed that Steaua was controling the match,bruttaly attacked the Romanian player.he could have broken Radoi's leg.Fortunately he didn't.Radoi is a strong player,with a good tehnique and a powerful shot.He is a born leader and the heart and soul of Steaua Bucharest.Most of all he is a great man.He is modest,has caracter,common sense and he respects himselh,his job and the people arround him.He is a great football player,one of the biggest,and even a bigger man.
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20/06/2006 17:47:00

fen(100) my man you are so wrong.maybe what yoy wanted to say was that no player coming from england was worth 11 mil E.Cause they aren't even worth half of that
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20/06/2006 17:59:00

Have some words to say...Firstly, I remember that a few years ago, when Steaua faced Southampton in Uefa Cup, Portsmouth fans gathered and encouraged our team. This was very nice, we were proud to be there. In the next game, we faced Liverpool, and even here, in Romania, we said "you'll never walk alone". These moments are unforgetable, but all this moments we lived by having Mirel Radoi on our side. About him, what could I say...For the persons which writes that they have never heard of him...Did they heard about Adrian Mutu and Cristian Chivu? Although those players have a name, it doesn't mean that they are better players than Radoi. No, Radoi is Steaua's leader, and also, one of the Romania's leaders. He did not played in Champions League nor in World Cup, but this happend after two or three maches, and here I can give for example Armenia-Romania 1-1, the game which probabbly sent us home, and Rosenborg-Steaua, another crazy game...But all matches RAdoi was the central character of the match, the leader, his evolutions were constant and very good. Comparing him with Steven Gerrard, I must say that there are some differences. Gerrard already has the name and he plays for a high-rated clubm but Radoi is not far from him. More than that, Radoi is taller than Gerrard and his passing and placement are great. In my opinion, he is the best romanian football player, and Portsmouth is not a good place for his future development, not even Steaua, but in this moment the coach and the president doesn't agree any more with his transfer. He is Steaua's nr.1 and we need him for Champions League. More than sure, he will not leave Steaua any more. If anybody interrested in his game, you can contact me and I'll show you some videos with him ;)
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20/06/2006 18:52:00


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