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Niculae's Inverness wages secure

Marius Niculae (left) celebrates a goal for Inverness
Niculae's wages have caused resentment

Former Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Alan Savage has revealed he will pay striker Marius Niculae's salary for another season.

But the club may offload Niculae in the summer if they receive a suitable offer, in order to pursue other transfer targets.

The 26-year-old Romanian, who has scored nine goals this season, joined the SPL club in July 2007.

Doubts arose over Niculae's future when Savage resigned from the club.

Manager Craig Brewster said earlier this week he did not know whether Niculae would still be an Inverness player next season.

"That was very much out of the blue, Alan resigning," said Brewster. "I don't know what will happen.

"But football clubs are strange places. Players go, managers go, chairmen go."

Former Sporting Lisbon and Werder Bremen striker Niculae, who had been playing in Germany with Mainz, was named the Scottish Premier League's player of the month for January.

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But Savage had broken the club's salary structure to secure the striker's signature.

And wages three times that of his team-mates are known to have caused resentment in the Caledonian Stadium dressing-room.

Niculae still has a year of his contract to run, but the departure of Savage could be followed by his major import.

Meanwhile, Brewster is expected to tell winger Juanjo and defender Lionel Djebi-Zadi whether they have done enough on trial to win a contract.

The 30-year-old Juanjo began his career with Barcelona before his first spell in Scottish football with Hearts.

He moved on to Bradford and Jaen before spending two years with Inverness, leaving for Grenada in 2006.

That same close season, 25-year-old Djebi-Zadi ended a season with Ross County by joining Paderborn and most recently has been with Wilhelmshaven.


see also
Inverness chairman resigns post
11 Apr 08 |  Inverness CT
Inverness duo take monthly prizes
10 Jan 08 |  Inverness CT
Romania striker joins Inverness
17 Jul 07 |  Inverness CT


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