FC Twente defender Douglas says he knows nothing about a €4M bid said to be lodged by Newcastle for the 6’4″ center-back, and that news was reported early on Thursday.
Douglas – now says he ants to stay at Twente
In fact today it has been reported that both Fulham and West Ham United have also put in bids for the player, although exactly what’s true and what’s not, is hard to understand. What’s new?
The Brazilian needs to spend time until late August in Holland, and he will then be able to become a Dutch citizen and also play for Holland, and in that case he would not need to apply for a work permit to play in England.
Sky Sports was first to report the news that Newcastle lodged their first bid of €4M for the defender, but today Douglas says he knows nothing about that bid, as he told TC Tubantia:
“I and my agent know nothing of a bid from Newcastle.” “I want to stay at Twente this season.”
Of course it depends on which agent Douglas is talking about, because one of the difficulties Newcastle have had with this player, is to understand which agent represents the Brazilian.
And it’s the first time we’ve heard Douglas say he wants to stay at FC Twente, since other times the word on him was that he was anxious to move on from the Dutch club and play in England’s Premier League.
This is what he had to say on June 5th in the report we issued at that time:
“I have spent five years at Twente and have done my best for the club,” “I have won the title, the cup – it’s time for a next step.”
“Five clubs are interested and there’s a bigger club than Newcastle.” “I cannot still say anything about it, but I hope soon to have my new club.”
“I have personally been in touch with Ajax and immediately said that I’m not interested,” “I want to go abroad as I have outgrown the league.
“I noticed this year that I am sometimes a little too easy going down, then you make mistakes. I want to be tested every week.”
So this is just a little confusing, and we don’t exactly know what to believe about Douglas these days.
Maybe he realizes if he becomes a free agent next summer then he will be able to get a much better financial deal, and since he turns 25 in January, presumably FC Twente would not be owed any compensation for their player.
But that’s also one reason why FC Twente will probably want to sell him this summer, whatever they put out for public consumption.
Who’s next in line if Newcastle cannot get this guy?