Newcastle are certainly not have too much luck with some of their targets, at least not at the moment, with news today that a Russian club have come in for their center-back target Douglas.
Douglas - Russian club have matched Newcastle fee for him
It’s being reported by the Northern Echo that sources in Enschede are saying a Russian club has come in and matched Newcastle’s offer of £5M for the 6’4″ center-back, and now they want to talk to the Brazilian.
The deal is being delayed until late August, so that the player can meet requirements of five consecutive years living in Holland, required by FIFA before he can play for the Dutch National side.
But what we don’t understand is why the deal cannot be completed now, and then Douglas moves to Tyneside in late August, otherwise Newcastle are going to be one of a number of clubs coming after Douglas.
The 24-year-old has been linked with Wolfsburg, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, and he has boasted there is a bigger club interested in him than Newcastle, and we think that club is Juventus, the Italian Champions.
Douglas is desperate to join a club that will further his ambitions of becoming a full Holland International, and certainly he should look at what the move to Newcastle did for Yohan Cabaye, who twelve months later is now a top player for France, and looked an excellent player during Euro 2012.
However, the good news is that Douglas is telling friends that his move to Newcastle will be his next step, and we just hope Newcastle have somehow tied this player up, and don’t have top wait until late August.
Newcastle were 5th top of the best league in the world last season, and the Premier League matches are routinely relayed live around the world, with growing viewer interest in the top English League.
But some Russian clubs these days are very rich, and could presumably offer him a huge wage, and that’s always possible, and to be truthful we’re not entirely sold on this lad’s character at the moment.
He seems like a good and powerful center-back, and certainly Alan Pardew is said to be keen to bring him to Tyneside, but until this deal is signed, sealed and delivered, anything can still happen.
What do you think?