Reported West Ham United target Darius Olaru can make a big impact in the Premier League, fellow Romanian George Puscas told Sport.ro.
This was a rumour that came out of nowhere.
West Ham have spent much of the last two weeks scuttling around the market in search of a centre-forward capable of taking Sebastien Haller’s place in David Moyes’ high-flying squad.
But, according to reports coming out of Eastern Europe, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder is set to become the Hammers’ second signing of the window, after Danish defender Frederik Alves Ibsen.
West Ham are apparently on the verge of signing Olaru, FCSB’s buzzing, bustling attacking midfielder.
Olaru is certainly something of an unknown quantity on British shores but Puscas, who played alongside him as Romania reached the semi-finals of the U21 European Championships two years ago, is backing the youngster to make the grade in England.
“Of course I see them in England, they are very good players,” the Reading striker said of Olaru and Dennis Man, another FCSB star who has been linked with the likes of Tottenham and Norwich City.
“If they get used to the championship they will do a good job. I am waiting with open arms for anyone. No matter who comes, if we can impose ourselves, I think we can cope.”
With Olaru seemingly on his way, Manuel Lanzini could hardly have picked a worse time to produce the most ineffective of displays as West Ham moved up to seventh in the table with a 2-1 victory over West Brom on Tuesday.
The 2020 Romania Cup winner is likely to challenge Lanzini for a place in Moyes’ starting XI.
FCSB owner Gigi Becali, meanwhile, has admitted that he will cash in on Olaru if he receives an offer of £9 million.