In our poll asking readers if Newcastle need to sign an experienced center-back this summer, a massive 72% think we should be signing another top center-back.
Douglas – Brazilian 6’4″ FC Twente center-back
And there’s breaking news that Derek Llambias and Newcastle officials are in Holland meeting with FC Twente officials today, and trying to tie up a deal for Luuk de Jong, but reports are also saying they are also discussing a move for Twente’s 24 year-old Brazilian center-back Douglas.
The Brazilian has so far failed to report in for pre-season training in Holland, and has been fined by the FC Twente manager, Steve McClaren – but the reason for that was that he was with his mother, who had undergone some surgery back home in Brazil.
Newcastle were after Douglas earlier this summer, but the deal became too complex, with so many representatives saying they were acting on his behalf, so Newcastle pulled the plug on any deal.
But it could be that they are back in for the 6″4″ defender, who can score goals, and is excellent in the air.
But we wonder if he’s of the right character and temperament to be brought to Newcastle?
Douglas seems to have quite an ego, and of course he boasted that a bigger club than Newcastle were after him earlier in the summer – big deal.
Douglas is quoted as saying:
“It’s been no fun, but despite having personal problems I see why the club took the measures they did.” “I just want to get my future determined and return to training.”
Italian Champions Juventus are said to be the club bigger than Newcastle who are interested in Douglas, and if that’s the case it may drive the price up for the center-back.
And apparently Douglas is said to have a release clause in his contract at Twente, that can be executed over the last 12 months of his current deal – which means he could be brought in for a decent price – if it’s true.
We’re still not sure about Douglas, and the last thing we want on Tyneside is a player with a huge ego – a prima donna – he could upset the apple cart.
What do you think?