The transfer window runs out at 11:00 pm this Friday night, and we’ll soon know if Newcastle are going to add to their ranks this summer, with news today out of Holland that Newcastle target Douglas has been given until tomorrow by his club FC Twente to decide if he wants to leave the Dutch club.
Douglas – has told agent he doesn’t want to move to Fulham
Douglas has given different statements about whether he wants to see out the final year of his contract in Holland, and the news last week was that he was in London discussing terms with Fulham.
But according to reports in Holland today, Douglas has apparently turned down the opportunity to move to the London club.
The local Dutch newspaper in Enschende, TC Tubantia, is reporting this morning the Brazilian had been given until tomorrow to decide whether he wants to leave the Enschende based club – probably to move to Newcastle – or whether he wants to see out the last year of his contract.
TC Tunatia are reporting that Douglas has told his agent that he is not interested in a move to Fulham, but whether the news was accurate last week that he flew into London for discussions at Craven Cottage is not clear.
And we don’t know whether a fee had even been agreed between Fulham and Twente for the player, but last week there were reports that fee was £4.5M, which is above Newcastle’s valuation of the player - surprise, surprise.
Douglas has never been clear about whether he wants to leave FC Twente or not, and whether he would prefer Newcastle United if some agreement were to be reached with his club on the fee.
It’s more than a confusing situation, but two clubs have been reported interested in the player over the last couple of weeks, Fulham and Newcastle, and he doesn’t want to join Fulham.
Whether that means the door is now open to bring in the Brazilian we don’t know, but Newcastle need some reinforcements through the door before Friday evening, and in defense too.
Douglas shown with his wife and child – and Dutch papers
And there’s also news that Douglas has been included in the Dutch provisional squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against Turkey and Hungary next month, by the experienced new Holland manager Louis van Gaal.
Douglas has now met all requirements for Dutch citizenship having spent five years in Holland and therefore qualifies to play for Holland.
It also means that Douglas can move to play in England without needing a work permit, and maybe this is what Newcastle have been waiting for?
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