It’s hard to know what the truth is in these transfer markets, because the news a few weeks ago was that Newcastle had gone in with a bid of around £4M for Brazilian center-back Douglas, who plays for FC Twente.
Douglas – no firm bid received for Douglas
Douglas has said different things to the press at different times this summer, and has said he wants to leave Twente for the Premier League, and then he says he wants to see out the final year of his contract at the Dutch club.
It seems that Douglas has been a long term target of Newcastle’s and the Tyneside club only currently has three experienced central defenders in Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, although James Perch again showed on Saturday that he can play solidly at the back, alongside an established center-back, and for the first time Perchinho was preferred to Mike Williamson in central defense.
The new news today in Voetbal International is that FC Twente Chairman Joop Munsterman has said that both Newcastle and Fulham are interested in doing business for the player, but that no firm bids have yet been received for the Brazilian.
This is what Munsterman has told Voetbal International:
“The two clubs Newcastle and Fulham have expressed an interest to want to do business.” “We have not heard anything concrete yet, but if a proper offer is made, we will sell him because he will leave next year on a free transfer.”
It could be that Newcastle are waiting until late in the transfer window, to go in with a low offer for Douglas, in the hopes that FC Twente will accept the bid, otherwise they risk losing the player for nothing next summer or for a reduced fee in January.
Alan Pardew suggested as much over the last few days, but any new players coming into Newcastle will probably not arrive until very late in this transfer window, and even on the very last day, which is August 31st – a week on Friday.
Newcastle need another experienced central defender unless the club thinks that the combination of up-and-coming Curtis Good, and the solid James Perch can see Newcastle through next season.
And if Douglas is still available in January or next summer, Newcastle could be in for him at that time, and really get a good deal.
What do you think?
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