This is an idea from one of our London readers, James Sherrington, who suggested earlier in the week that we have a day by day account of the major news stories on Newcastle United over the last week. If it works out we’ll keep doing this each Sunday.
Douglas – agreement reached with FC Twente for Brazlian center-back
- There was news that Newcastle were trying to arrange more friendly games in Germany, and German third division side FC Chemnitzer have announced on their web-site that Newcastle will play them on Friday, July 13.
- With the Euro tournament coming to an end, we thought that Newcastle would ramp up their efforts in the transfer market, and that has become true with Derek Llambias meeting this weekend with FC Twente officials, trying to tie up deals for Luuk de Jong and Douglas, the Brazilian center-back.
- We reported on Ben Arfa’s troubles in the dressing room after France’s 2-0 loss to Spain, but we don’t think it’s a big deal, and it seems that Samir Nasri was the big trouble-maker – and of course Laurent Blanc later in the week gave up the France manager’s job.
- Leon Best has been in big demand this week and news that Southampton, who he played for early in his career wanted him. It seems that Blackburn are now close to a deal, but Chris Hughton’s Norwich City are also interested, and that could be a better move for Leon, who could continue to play in the Premier League with the Canaries.
- Good news about former Newcastle coach and player Lee Clark that he would be named Birmingham City manager, replacing Chris Hughton, who had gone to Norwich City.
- Although Luuk de Jong is Newcastle’s number one striker target Ola Toivenon of PSV Eindhoven is a cheaper option, although he’s not as good as Luuk and he’s four years older.
- We were linked again with Polish free agent, Sebastian Boenisch, and the new news was that Stuttgart had pulled the plug on their pursuit of the player, so maybe Newcastle would be interested – maybe – maybe not.
- The local papers were reporting that the three major targets for Newcastle this summer were Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong and Ajax full-back Vurnon Anita. However, if the news is true today, Newcastle may be signing FC Twente center-back Douglas.
- News that Newcastle had signed Melbourne Heart center-back Curtis Good for around £400K, although it seems Newcastle are still in negotiations for the 19 year-old, and we’re not sure if signing Douglas will stop this deal – but we don’t think so.
- And some exciting news in the Chronicle that Derek LLambias was in Holland trying to tie up a deal for Luuk de Jong, and we thought that was very good news, because he would hardly travel there if Newcastle were not close to an agreement on the price. There was the possibility that Newcastle would be negotiating for Douglas, the center-back, and that seems to have been accurate.
- And an article that may have got lost in the frenzy that Newcastle were closing in the Luuk de Jong deal, where we reviewed the last three years, and it’s obvious that the good name of Newcastle United has been now been restored following our relegation in May of 2009, a short three years ago.
- News that Danny Guthrie would be signing for Reading on a three year deal, which seems a good match for Guthrie, who did well in his four years on Tyneside, and helped us get straight back form the Championship.
- And news that Fraser Forster had reached an agrrement on terms with Glasgow Celtic and would be joining them permanently after spending the last couple of years with the Scottish powerhouse on loan.
- News that Luuk de Jong made a visit to Tyneside last year to check out a possible future destination for him, and the place was said by a friend to take his breath away.
- Papiss Cisse would be part of the Senegal squad for the London Olympics, which means he will miss most of Newcastle’s pre-season.
- Newcastle have reached an agreement with FC Twente for their center-back Douglas, first reported by the Daily Express.
- This could be a blow to the gut for Newcastle fans if it’s true, with the Sunday Sun reporting that German club Borussia Monchengladbach were claiming last night they had reached an agreement with FC Twente of £9M plus add-ons for Luuk de Jong. We hope this is not true and apparently Derek LLambias will be meeting in the next 24 hours with FC Twente officials – to try to do a deal for the striker – so here’s hoping.