It still seems likely that Newcastle will be bringing in Douglas of FC Twente this summer, but they will have to allow the player to stay in Holland through August, so he can meet the requirements of playing for Holland.
Douglas – Newcastle agree fee of £5M, or maybe it’s £4M?
We reported on this complication back in late April, and it’s so he can rack up five years living in Holland, and meet the FIFA residency rules, and be eligible to play for the national side – and he has to stay in Holland through the end of August.
And since Newcastle knew about this a few months ago, they must be willing to abide by that, if they have gone back in with a more than decent bid for the 6’4″ powerful Brazilian.
It seems from the news over the weekend, that Newcastle have met FC Twente’s asking price for the player which is 5M, and that’s either £5M or £4M, if it’s in euros, which is the more likely.
And we also hope it’s the £4M, because this player has only one year left on his contract at FC Twente, and that price seems high, well at least for Newcastle.
Douglas will take a little longer to get used to things at Newcastle, but the club still have Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor (back from his Achilles injury), and Mike Williamson for center-back, so we should be able to manage until the Brazilian arrives on Tyneside.
If this news is all true we could even have an announcement from Newcastle on the signing of Douglas later this week.
We hope so.