The Evening Chronicle today is reporting that center-back Douglas Franco Teixeira of FC Twente – known as Douglas – is a possible defensive target for Newcastle United next month.
Douglas – 6’4′ Twente center-back
Well at least Newcastle have never been linked with this player before, at least according to our records.
The 23 year-old 6’4″ center-back has been at Twente since he joined them back in 2007, from Brazilian club Joinville.
And as usual Newcastle seem to be on the ball, as Douglas’ contract runs out next summer, and the defender could be signed for a decent fee next month.
Other clubs, as might be expected, are interested and they include Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers, and the player is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
Top Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are also interested in the player, and Newcastle will have watched him ever since they were tracking former FC Twente player Cheick Tiote, who has been a great success on Tyneside.
Douglas is tall and plays in the style of a no-nonsense center-back, and is very good in the air, and reckoned to be one of the best center-backs in the Eredivisie.
His basic and no-nonsense style will be appreciated by Newcastle fans, and Chief Scout Graham Carr will have watched him quite a few times, and certainly Ivorian Cheick Tiote will know the player from his time at Twente.
Douglas recently gained his Dutch passport at the suggestion of Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, and he is now expected to be included in the Dutch squad shortly.
The right footed player has played 28 times this season for Twente with two goals, and the Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle were represented at Twente’s recent 1-0 win in the Europa League over Fulham.
Italian club Juventus and Bundesliga clubs Hamburg and Wolfsburg have also been interested in signing Douglas in the past, and he is valued at around £7M, but not with his contract running out on 30th June next year.
As usual, Newcastle seem to have found a potentially top player, and we expect the Florianópolis, Brazil born player will cost very little next month, and we have to hope that Newcastle’s name is again big enough to attract the player to Tyneside.
We think it is, and from what we can tell his style would be just right for the English Premier League.
What do you think?