News in the Evening Chronicle today that Brazilian center-back Douglas of FC Twente, wants to leave the club in the summer to play in the English Premier League.
Douglas – 24 year-old Brazilian wants to play in England
The 6’4″ defender is out of contract in the summer, and he would be a good buy for Newcastle, if they can him to Tyneside this summer.
The news is that Twente manager Steve McClaren is moving to bring in a replacement for the no-nonsense defender, and it looks like he’s resigned to losing the big man in the summer.
But with Douglas being a free agent, there is likely to be more than just Newcastle after the 24 year-old.
There was a report in the Journal last week that said Newcastle we not interested in any free agents in the summer, so this Lee Ryder story goes against that news – but if a player is good, and can be brought in on a free transfer, surely Newcastle will be interested.
Douglas scored the first goal last weekend, in the 2-0 win over Roda JC with a great header, and that was his 3rd goal in 41 appearances for Twente this season, and he also has 4 assists.
It seems that Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen could be moving to Spurs in the summer, and Douglas is being eyed by the Dutch giants as a possible replacement.
German side Schalke 04, and Aston Villa and Fulham in England are also interested in the player, but he wants to move to England, and certainly Newcastle would look a great club for him to join, although we may be just a little biased there.
A source at FC Twente told the Evening Chronicle:
“It’s not a case of if Douglas wants to play in the Premier League – it’s simply when. He’s told the manager he wants to go.”
“Steve McClaren also has a new defender lined up to replace him in the summer and appreciates that Douglas wants to move on.”
Newcastle need another top center-back to fight it out with Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor for a starting position next season, although James Perch has shown he can play in any one of the back four positions and at defensive midfield too.
We may even see Perch get an extension to his four year contract, which has just over two years to run, because James has been little short of a revelation this season, and was magnificent for Newcastle against Liverpool on Sunday.
We think Douglas would be an excellent signing for the Magpies, and he is valued at around £8M in the transfer market, but of course he comes for free at the end of his five year contract in June.
This is Douglas’ web-site and he’s played a total of 193 times for FC Twente with 13 goals, since joining them from Brazilian club Joinville in 2007.
This right-footed player would be an excellent buy for Newcastle.