Manchester United and Tottenham linked to Radu

SS Lazio fans

There are reports in Italy that Lazio defender Stefan Radu has become a target for Manchester United and Tottenham.

Lazio are adept at signing promising players and selling them on for a profit and the latest name to be linked with some of Europe's biggest clubs is Stefan Radu.

The Biancocelesti made a vast profit in January when they sold star midfielder Hernanes to Inter, to the chagrin of their fans, while Antonio Candreva, Keita Baldé Diao and Ogenyi Onazi all have big-name suitors.

And it appears that Romanian defender Radu, who can play as a left-back or a centre-back, is also making waves abroad.

Serie A sides Napoli and Fiorentina have already reportedly expressed an interest in the 27-year-old, but the latest rumours suggest that Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen are chasing him too.

It's not the first time that Radu has attracted attention from a Premier League club if his agent is to be believed, as the player's representative announced interest from Manchester City a few months ago.

Radu has often played a central role rather than left-back but could help Manchester United fill the gap left if Patrice Evra were to leave and would provide a welcome versatility. However, Tottenham may also look to buy him to offer more options in a troublesome area of the pitch.

Lazio signed Radu from Dinamo Bucharest back in 2008 when he was being touted as 'the next Cristian Chivu' by the Romanian media.

The deal was initially a paid loan for around £850,000 but Radu acquitted himself well and the deal became permanent for around £3m.

Having made over 150 appearances over the last five years, Radu has become an important and popular figure at Lazio.

Club owner Claudio Lotito would be reluctant to see Radu leave, not least because he is already unpopular with many fans for selling off key assets.

But it is reported that Radu's price tag is set at around £12.5m and that's a sum that Lazio would struggle to turn down.

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