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FC Twente’s Douglas Strongly Linked With Newcastle

10:43 am, Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

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. :D

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours





31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sirtoongospel // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    he is an 8 million pound player who can be bought for a signing on fee of around £2 million. Of course we will be interested.

    And for once, we are a very attractive proposition to new players.

  • 2 swoopingmagpie // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I think so ehh

  • 3 toonfan76 // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Off topic but I would just like to clear something up. It has always been explained to me that if Everton were to get to the final of the F.A cup and the other team inj the final already has a European place, The remaining European spot would be given to Everton, Regardless of the result of the final. As the other teams that are left in the competition are in position for a Euro spot, We need Liverpool to beat Everton to Ensure that 6th spot in the Premiership is awarded the final Euro spot. Please correct me if I am wrong.

  • 4 WWJBD // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    If we arentseriously looking at him I would be stunned despite what is written in the papers about us not going for free agents in the summer

    Strong commanding CB playing well in a good league for a team we have reportedly scouted more than once it would be maddness for us not to be talking to him imo

  • 5 Dannyo // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    @WWJBD
    Hoilett, Douglas, Pieters = Sorted.

  • 6 Vask // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    So, saying as Douglas has told Mclaren he wants to go when his contract is up, does this mean by bosman rules that we can talk to him now? If so perhaps he’s the player we’ve pretty much got wrapped up.

  • 7 WWJBD // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Dannyo
    Add a striker and a CM/CDM to that list and I would agree

  • 8 papiss_on_your_parade // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    @Dannyo

    I agree, add Yanga-Mbiwa and another striker (i.e Rhodes) and we’re in business. Need to sure up that defence as a priority though.

  • 9 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Why are we looking at all these young players? You don’t win anything with kids ;)

  • 10 Toon_Tom // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    toonfan76 – Yes mate that is correct.

    We all must cheer for the bindippers from Lfool when they play Everton.

    If Everton win, then we need to finish 5th to qualify.

  • 11 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    @too tom ill not cheer them. Simply hope we make Europe one way or another

  • 12 Dannyo // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    @WWJBD
    Both yes and no, in a 4-3-3 system, occationally going 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, a player like Hoilett would come to his uses in both a winger and a striker role.
    I think we’ll, like some papers say, go for younger players as cover. U’d want to use a player like Hoilett as much as possible imo, and he can double as to positions. If u get another striker i think we’d limit Hoilett to the wing.

  • 13 sirtoongospel // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Devastating to know that we want Liverpool to wina game. But there you have it, I hope they win but get smashed beyond reason in the final. I want Chelsea to win it as I can’t stand melted candle face Redknapp either.

    On the more positive note, our run in is reasonably kind, and we can get more points than Chelsea from the next 7 games. Looking at the games, we can win 4 and draw a couple of our last 7. That might be enough for 5th if Chelsea are more worried about FA and CL Cups

  • 14 Wor Shearer // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    That Reina red card isn’t looking so funny anymore :-(

  • 15 jimmymagpie // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Lads – Douglas not entirely free, due to his age, compensation has to be agreed. We’ve had trouble with this in the past, N’Zogbia and Sittu come to mind. ToonFan – yes, that’s how I understand it, and the way Pardew was talking yesterday, that’s how it is. If Everton win the semi-final, we need to finish 5th.

  • 16 jimmymagpie // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Sorry for repeating Tom, I hadn’t seen your posting.

  • 17 sirtoongospel // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Totally agree with the players you guys have mentioned, but I have to say that if Forster moves to Celtic, we should use the money to buy another keeper. Not sure Elliot is the level we need if Krul misses a game.

  • 18 jimmymagpie // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Sirtoon- spot on! Having seen Elliott a few times in the reserves, the thought of Krul getting injured frightens the life out of me. Thanks for the chat lads, but must go for another date with the chemo nurse. HTL!

  • 19 Owldman // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Re-Vask if Douglas is free agent in the summer we can talk to him now on pre-contract agreement

  • 20 supatoonkid // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Bring in Douglas (free), Hoillett (free), Rhodes (£5M), Butterfield (free) or Amalfitano (free), Geoffrey Kondogbia (free), Maguire or Dunk (£4M) & maybe Pieters (£6M) dor Mbiwa (£5M) depending if Simmo leaves. If Guthrie & Gosling leave bring in both Amalfitano & Butterfield, if Tiote leaves as well bring in Moussa Sissokho, if any of the strikers leave (Ba significantly) bring in Luuk de Jong. Look at Matt Jarvis as well.

  • 21 martoon // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I have to admit – I’ve only seen this lad play once which was the Europa league game against Schalke that was televised here recently. I have to say he had a bit of a shocker but to be fair Schalke were excellent and outplayed FC Twente. I’m sure Carr has watched him a few times if he takes in 3 -6 matches at the weekend. Would love to see Carr’s expense sheet – bet he is a platinum member of the airmiles club :-)

  • 22 Toon Tang // Apr 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    eyes are quite close together , could become a problem further down the line

  • 23 markmac // Apr 3, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    @18, Where is Harper? i guess he’s off in the summer ;-[

  • 24 toonincheek // Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    toonfan76 -

    I think the confusion arises as the winner of the FA Cup qualifies for the Europa league.

    BUT – if the winner of the FA cup has qualified for CL, then the runner up gets the Europa place.
    BUT – if the winner has already qualified for the Europa league, then that’s it – nothing for the runner up.

    Only ONE Europa place is allocated to the FA Cup winner/runner up.
    AND – qualification through a cup competition takes precedence over qualification by league position.

    Feel free to correct me, lads and lasses, I’m only repeating what I’ve read – I’m not an expert.

  • 25 Magpie_Man // Apr 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    toonfan76 – this rule seems so stupid, it should be whoever wins the FA cup gets a european place. Vey Silly

  • 26 out of toon // Apr 3, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    @toonincheek

    if Liverfool make the final wouldn’t they also be awarded the Europa League spot, regardless of whether they win (much like Everton would)???????

  • 27 theleckworthbird // Apr 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Toon Tang at 22.
    His eyes are close together! He doesn’t want to be a steam train driver does he?

  • 28 stevetoon85 // Apr 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Out of toon –

    Liverpool have allready qualified by winning the League Cup….as amfew people have correctly mentioned, if Everton beat Liverpool then we need to finish 5th….Would be devestated if we did finish 6th and didn’t qualift for Europe :-(

  • 29 out of toon // Apr 4, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    stevetoon85 – thanks for clarification. makes a whole lotta sense now. Not looking forward to cheering liverfool… maybe carroll will find redemption with a bag of goals.

    You’re right – it would be criminal to finish 6th and not qualify.

    Wish i were in newcastle for the rest of the season. Seems like an unbelievable atmosphere at St James the last few home games. Perth (Aus) seems a long long way away.

    3 – 0 vs Swansea and the toon marches on!!!!!

  • 30 Korzic // Apr 4, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    @out of toon.

    I don’t believe that Everton winning completely stuffs our chances. Because Chelsea haven’t qualified for Europe yet either CL or Europa. So if Everton win, then we have to hope that Chelsea beat Spurs, win the final and finish no higher than 5th.

    I think.

  • 31 FAU // Apr 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    @supatoon. that transfer target is brilliant, but i doubt Hoillet signed for us, due to Wenger is wanting him badly and they might offer higher salary than us.
    I think NUFC will be brilliant if sign these players in summer:

    2 CB: Douglas(free) and (either) Grant Hanley(3-4m) or Lewis Dunk (2-3m)

    1 LB: Martin Olsson (3m) or Ryan Bertand (1.5m)
    out: simmo(4.5m)

    3 MID: Amalfitano (free), Markus Henriksen(3m) and Shaqiri(8m)

    out: Xisco(anyprice please..) Smith(outofcontract)

    2 ST: two of Jordan Rhodes (4.5m) ,Mayuka (4.5m) or Ante Vukusic (4m)
    OUT: Best (3m),Ranger(1m)

    Extend Guthrie( really hope)

    Simmo is likely to leave, so Santon can be back to RB like what he used to do in Inter.

    If Ba get sold, Maiga is likely to come.




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