West Ham could be about to field a Rat in defence, after it emerged that Sam Allardyce is tracking Shakhtar Donetsk left back Razvan Rat. With the Hammers in need of reinforcements at the back, talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more on the Romanian...
Name: Razvan Dinca Rat
Date of birth: 26 May 1981
Birthplace: Piatra-Olt, Romania
Club: Shakhtar Donetsk
International appearances: 86
Honours: Ukrainian League (x6), UEFA Cup (2008/09), Ukrainian Cup (x4)
What's the latest?
Injuries to George McCartney and Daniel Potts have left West Ham looking sparse in defence, with Sam Allardyce reportedly ready to bring in a last minute signing before the transfer window is over. Shakhtar Donetsk left-back Razvan Rat is out of contract in the summer, and it's thought that the Hammers are hoping to strike a deal at a reduced price as a result. The Romania captain is also believed to be attracting interest from Marseille.
Did you know?
1) Rat's career began in his native Romania, where he played for no less than six teams as a youth before signing his first professional deal with Rapid Bucuresti in 1998.
2) The left-back had tremendous success with the Bucharest side, winning two league titles and two cups in 82 appearances. In 2003 he signed for Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk.
3) Rat's time with Shakhtar has coincided with an incredibly successful period in the club's career, with the defender winning three league titles, two Ukrainian cups, two Ukrainian Supercups and one UEFA Cup.
4) The defender has made six appearances for Shakhtar in their run to the Champions League knockout stage this season, and started both their 1-1 draw at home to Juventus, and 2-1 victory over Chelsea in Donetsk.
5) Rat has an impressive international pedigree, making 86 appearances for Romania to date. His first came in 2002, when he was thrown in at the deep end for his debut against then reigning World and European Champions France. Rat scored his first goal for Romania in a surprise 5-1 victory over Germany in 2004, and is the current captain of the Romanian national team.
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