There’s a little bit more news coming from Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle this morning, relating to the case of Douglas of FC Twente, and the news is that his representatives will be flying over from Brazil to meet with Newcastle and other clubs soon, with the other clubs thought to be West Ham United and Fulham – who are also interested in the center-back.
Douglas - Magpies to meet with his agents – possibly next week
There was some confusion caused yesterday, when the player said he knew nothing of any Newcastle bid, and that he could stay at Twente for next season to see out his contract, and then become a free agent next summer.
And sources in Holland are saying that Douglas’ representatives will leave Brazil sometime in the next week, to discuss his future with Newcastle and the two London clubs interested in the player.
And apparently Douglas did visit Tyneside earlier this year, to visit the city and check out St James’ Park with his representatives, and the news is that he was happy at what he saw on Tyneside.
But we were also told that about Luuk de Jong, who was supposed to be in complete awe of St. James Park – and what happened – he joined Burussia Monchengladbach earlier this week.
So take that report of being happy with his Newcastle visit, with a large pinch of salt.
A source close to Douglas had this to say today to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Newcastle is a very good club and I am sure it could be a very good step up for Douglas.” “But there has been no contact for the player yet.”
“A transfer has been discussed by the club though and his representatives will be flying over from Brazil to talk soon.” “There’s a possibility he could stay.”
“Then he could leave on a free transfer at the end of his current deal.”
It would appear that Douglas is looking for a really good package at Newcastle for his personal terms, and we suppose if he doesn’t get them he could try his luck with Fulham and West Ham, who may be willing to pay him more than the Magpies are.
But if Douglas is coming to Newcastle for a big pay packet, he may just be disappointed, and he may not be the right kind of player for the club to bring to Tyneside.
We shall see and maybe fairly soon, although he needs to be resident in Holland until the end of August, so any deal will be struck then, although it can be sorted out in the next week or so.
If he elects to stay at Twente, then Newcastle can negotiate with him in January, and either take him on a free transfer next summer, or sign him up for a nominal fee in January, which FC Twente would want, so they get something for him.
His talk about maybe staying at Twente for next season, could also be a ploy to get the best possible personal terms this summer – that’s probably what it is.
What do you think?