There are two center-backs Newcastle have been linked with recently, and we think either one could fit the bill as the fourth center-back at Newcastle.
Brazilian Douglas is interesting Newcastle
The first one is 23 year-old 6’4″ Brazilian center-back Douglas from FC Twente, whom he joined back in 2007, from Brazilian club Joinville.
The good thing about this player is that his contract runs out next summer, and presumably he could be signed for a small fee next month, or come in as a free transfer in the summer.
Of course there are other clubs interested in the player, and he is said to be an old fashioned defender who is very good in the air, and that’s important with Coloccini not being the tallest of central defenders.
Clubs interested include Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers in England, and Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Ajax, and the news is that Newcastle have watched him ever since they were tracking former FC Twente player Cheick Tiote.
Cheick has been a huge success at Newcastle, but may also be leaving us next month for one of the big clubs after him – but we hope that doesn’t happen.
Douglas is said to be one of the best center-backs in the Eredivisie, but the trouble is whether he will be available in January.
The right footed player has played 28 times this season for Twente with two goals.
It’s interesting that Ajax may be interested in Douglas, because the center-back that Graham Carr is said to be recommending (we don’t know if that is true) is Ajax’ 6’3″ center-back Jan Vertonghen.
Jan Vertonghen – Ajax Belgium International
Dutch sources have recently been reporting that Newcastle are interested in the 24 year-old, and he again fits the bill being a tall and tough tackling center-back who is good in the air, and his contract at Ajax runs out in only 18 months time.
Jan has already attracted the attention of top clubs like Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer .
The Belgium International is a left-footed player, so that’s one difference with Douglas, and while he usually plays at center back, he can also play anywhere on the left side, or even in defensive midfield, so he could be a good buy.
Vertonghen started with Belgium club Beerschot AC, and moved to the Dutch powerhouse in 2007, and he’s played for them 195 times with 23 goals.
Its interesting that his agent had said earlier this month that no offers have yet arrived for the Belgium international, who is also being trackled by Tottenham, Liverpool (that’s a surprise) and Arsenal.
His agent Mustapha Nakhla told Calciomercato.com on 11th December:
“There is interest, but nothing concrete.” “There’s been no official offer that has come to me nor Ajax.”
Oh well, maybe Newcastle are preparing an offer for the player.
We’d love to see any one of these players signed in January – here’s hoping.