FC Twente defender Douglas is one of Newcastle’s transfer targets this summer.
FC Twente’s Douglas – deal becoming complicated
And the Tyneside club are trying to do a deal for the 6’4″ Brazilian, whose contract runs out at the end of June, but it seems that Newcastle are starting to get a little tired of at least a couple of complications with the possible deal.
The first is that there is some confusion with a clause in his contract which says that Twente can keep him at the Dutch club for another year, and therefore he would not become a free agent this summer.
The other thing – which Newcastle don’t like to deal with at any time – is that he has multiple agents representing him, and this not only complicates negotiations but can slow things down a lot.
The 24-year-old has interested Newcastle for at least a year, and Newcastle were hoping they could do a quick deal to tie him up early in the summer.
And news is that he is very keen to join Newcastle, who have had great world-wide publicity this season for their exploits in the Premier League, and the Magpies finished in 5th place to grab a Europa League position for next season.
There’s also every indication that Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board are determined to increase and strengthen the squad for next season.
Newcastle are taking a step back on Douglas, because there are other targets who may be easier for Newcastle to bring to Tyneside.
And one of our favorites is Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has been called into the provisional France squad for Euro 2012, and also Toby Alderweireld of Ajax, who partners Jan Vertonghen in central defense for the Dutch Champions, and he could also be a very good buy.
PSV Eindhoven’s Holland defender Erik Pieters is another target, and Newcastle are looking for a defender who can play across the back four, and both Pieters and Yanga-Mbiwa can do that.
Erik Pieters or Yanga-Mbiawa would therefore appear to be decent buys, if only because they are flexible and can play in multiple positions at the back, and both would cost around £6M or thereabouts.
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