Contra under van Gaal's gaze
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cosmin Contra has emerged as a summer transfer target for AZ Alkmaar.Cosmin Contra has emerged as a summer transfer target for AZ Alkmaar.
The 29-year-old has little future at Atletico Madrid and is keen on securing a summer move to a new club.
The wing back had a loan spell at West Brom earlier in the season, but is now turning out for Politecnica Timisoara in his native Romania.
Atletico have made it clear that they are prepared to cut their losses on Contra and a summer move to the Netherlands could be in the offing.
Louis van Gaal is set to take charge of AZ in the summer and he took in Politecnica's recent outing, with Contra believed to be the player under his gaze.
Contra said upon joining Politecnica that he was looking to 'relaunch his career' and a move to ambitious Eredivisie side AZ could appeal.
Van Gaal is keen to stamp his own style on AZ and it would appear as if he is looking for a direct replacement for Jan Kromkamp, who has been linked with a summer move to a bigger stage.
Another option for AZ, should they not push through a move for Contra, is RKC Waalwijk stopper Serginho Greene who has impressed observers with his assured displays of late.