If you believe a report in the Daily Mail, then Newcastle’s two major defensive targets in the summer are Erik Pieters and Douglas.
Douglas – 24 year-old Brazilian FC Twente center-back
PSV and Dutch International defender Pieters is 23, and has been pursued by Newcastle since last summer, and we put out a report yesterday where a Dutch journalist said that he thought it very likely that Pieters would end up on Tyneside in the summer.
24 year-old Douglas is the Brazilian 6’4″ defender who is at FC Twente, and looks a very solid defender in the no- nonsense category.
Douglas has played over 174 games for FC Twente in all competitions, with 12 goals, since joining the club from Brazilian club Joinville back in 2007.
And of course Twente are once again being managed by former England manager Steve McClaren.
Pieters could well arrive early in the summer transfer window, if Newcastle have already been in contact with his club PSV Eindhoven.
And Newcastle will want to get their new players in early in the summer, so they can go on the tour – the destination of which is yet to be announced by Newcastle.
We think Erik could cost between £5M and £6M, but Newcastle are usually able to do a good deal, but they reportedly unable to agree a fee last summer with his Dutch club.
Erik has 179 appearances in all competitions for PSV with two goals, and has represented Holland 14 times.
Douglas, who also has a Dutch passport, looks a good player, and has attracted interest from some big clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool, Ajax and Bayern Munich, and he is rated at around £6M.
Newcastle could also bring in one or two top youngsters in the summer, and we have already been linked with 19 year-old FC Groningen center-back Virgil van Dijk, who is young but looks a very good player in the making.
Newcastle brought in a number of their signings last summer during June, and they will be hoping to see new players also arrive early this summer.
It would be great if Newcastle can sign Pieters, Douglas and van Dijk, and those three would certainly strengthen the Newcastle rearguard for next season.
What do you think?