Inter-Milan After Newcastle Transfer Target


Douglas of FC Twente was a big transfer target of Newcastle last January and last summer, but it would appear that Newcastle have gone off the big Brazilian for whatever reason, and his agent today says that the 6’4″ defender wants to play in Serie A.

douglas close-up

Douglas – on his way to Inter-Milan?

Douglas’ agent, Marcos Ribeiro, has claimed that Italian giants Inter-Milan are interested in signing the defender in the summer, when he becomes available as a free agent.

And it seems Newcastle’s opponents on Thursday Anzhi Makhachkala were also interested in Douglas, but he turned them down, presumable because he prefers Milan – and it’s definitely a little warmer there than in Russia.

This is what Marcos Ribeiro said today in Izvestia:

“It’s good to hear that Russian top club such as Anzhi asked for Douglas, but the player wants to play in Serie A.”  

“When Inter Milan began to show an interest in my client, we decided to delay the transition and wait for the summer transfer window.”

So from those words of his agent, it seems that for one reason or another Newcastle have given up on Douglas,  and it seems most of our readers preferred French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in any case, and there were some questions also about the Brazilian’s character.

But he is a good player,  and is good at set pieces from corners and free kicks into the box, which is what Newcastle have been woeful at for at least a year now – and even through Alan Pardew practices corners and free kicks every week – for some reason we don’t seem to be improving much at all.

Newcastle will  still need a center-back if Colo leaves in the summer, and maybe Newcastle  will make an attempt at bringing Andy Carroll back to Newcastle,  and if we get Andy back – at least it will make things interesting from corners and free kicks into the box.

What do you think?

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121 comments so far

  • G

    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Inter can have him. He’s overrated, but skilful, and reads the game well. Unfortunately he’s also like Titus Bramble and switches off in the final 3rd of the match.

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  • Ginger

    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #2

    REPOST

    NUFC_LEAZES END

    Depends really, if he is as good as everyone says he is (More then likely not) You could start integrating him into the team for when the inevitable happens. (Steven Taylor gets injured)

    If you get a few minutes here and there in a winning team, he could be reliable premier league back up. I HIGHLY doubt it as he needs a few loans first, but you never know.

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Quite liked enid blytons books as a kid like……

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Excited to see us play against the biggest and best and with their finances Anzhi may become that! Been awesome in the russian league! If we didnt play great teams euro nights like the wins over barca and feyenoord would never happen! Pardew has hinted that the europa is a priority so expect to see a very strong line up! Glad tayls and MYM are getting time together as think this is the partnership we go into next season with

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    @ginger

    It would seem more logical to get the back up for saylor, and if streete is as good as what people say, then loan the kid out to a championship or league 1 team such as middlesborough or Hartlepool or something

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  • Alain Pardeaux

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    We’ll not get anywhere if Pardew’s practicing the corners everyweek

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  • Ginger

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    @NUFC_LEAZES END

    But… Who would join Newcastle just to be back up to STaylor?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Ibiza @118 – previous post – the point I was trying to make was that it will be an easier job to sell the club to prospective players if we show signs of progress. Clearly we were able to sell the club in order to get our recent additions but it will make it easier in the future if prospective players see us climbing the league or even winning the EL.
    Nowadays there are many young “super star” players who can pick and choose where they want to play – if their price tags are too high we may not be interested in them anyway but currently we would not stand a chance if the likes of Man U or Chelsea came in for a player we were interested in.
    Regular top four placement is the answer for the future. Last season we were not far off so a couple of more prudent acquisitions in the summer may get us there.

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki
    The film was Identity and it’s from an Agatha Christie novel.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister…I completely got your point, did I come off as arguing that? Apologies if so, that was not my intention. I was really just re-opening the cup vs league debate really, seeing as the topic seemed to be outing those with multiple accounts and do we really think that will go anywhere (besides the odd bit of good banter).

    Anyway, I do agree, the club needs to be seen as progressing in order to attract the bright young talent that is out there, if we can show that we may even prove a better option that the so called big clubs, as we would more than likely be able to offer a challenge and more frequent games than the big boys.

    So, for you, what would you rather see, general progress for the future or silverware in whatever shape a.s.a.p?

    I would imagine a EL win would carry some importance when attracting new players as that guarantees us a place in next years tournament, unless I am mistaken.

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza
    Howdy. Your a knowledgeable poster and I was wondering when Ian Toon last posted.? From time to time I leave him a message but he doesn’t appear to have been on for a while. Sorry to bother you.

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  • lordy_geordie

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #12

    saw on Ladbrookes today. Anzi are second to win europa only behind chelsea.

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  • Alain Pardeaux

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Mirin to be back up to Taylor and Aubameyang

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Carl…Knowledgeable may be off the mark, but thank you. He was on about a week or so ago. He mentioned writing some articles for .co.uk and that the audience was a little friendlier than this one, so maybe he has swapped allegiance or just taking a break from some posters investigating? 🙂

    Lordy…Carrying (a poster on here) did an article on the EL odds, a decent read.

    http://www.carryingcoals.com/?p=504

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #15

    @ginger

    It wouldn’t just be back up to Steven Taylor it would be to compete for a first team spot.
    A player a bit like haidara, that is a decent young player, that could break into the team if he works hard.

    Player like,

    Stefan de vrij
    Jordi amat
    Marc Wilson
    Grant Hanley

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza
    Thanks for that.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Carl…No worries.

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  • Bambams

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #18

    We will have to do very well to get anything from the game against Anzi.

    All our lot need to be switched on and follow their runners.

    In relation to Douglas, well in my opinion he has had his head turned by his agent to wait out his contract and get a huge signing on fee. Some of our targets have obviously not got the foresight see what they are missing by not playing for this fantastic club.

    We do need someone who can help with scoring at set plays- we currently have no idea how to get goals from corners or indirect free kicks.

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Bambams
    The problem is with the delivery.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Carl/Pushy/Ian/Enid/Cool Dude @120 previous post.
    you asked a couple of questions – first question -the answer is no.
    You later ask ……..”or maybe you are trying to brighten up a dull life”. Being a compassionate person concerned about the well being of others my answer to you is yes I’m trying to help you. Do not rebuke others trying to help. In view of your blog exploits I think its a bit of a cheek, a bit rich, calling me Walter Mitty. Lastly I have no “cohort” -clearly yet again reference to your perceived obsession of others having allegiances/relationships. If you are suggesting these cohorts/allegiances/relationships are out to “get you” this may be the initial signs of a persecutory delusion. But all is not lost, you can get help for this condition through your GP. (it is treated/medicated in a similar manner to schizophrenia).

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Mr Tuff
    If you only knew!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Robin

    Had some sympathy for you till you started on the homophobic nonsense on the last thread and made yourself sound like a 10 year old.

    While I enjoy some things that Pardew has implemented, ie moments of brilliance such as playing Sissoko in an advanced role do I really realistically think even with all our new players he is the man to take us forward long term? No I can’t say hand on heart with any great confidence that I think he is.

    I think his faults are his predictability, his loyalty to some players, playing people out of position and an inability to out think his counterpart managers.

    I think he is forever caught between 1 or more options and doesn’t ever really know even now what his best team is or is afraid to play it. Pardew has a reticence to really go for it even from a position of strength in some games.

    My feelings on Ashley are entirely mixed. When you see a club with a massive fan base such as ours then it would not be unreasonable to want to see a highly successful, highly qualified man in our dug out. Ashley obviously negates that possibility it would seem.

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #23

    You should not mess around with things you don’t really have a clue about. Faced with the reality of such matters i guarantyyou would feel ashamed. We can all google but it’s dangerous to pretend you are an authority. Please think before you post because there are a number of posters with mental illness and learning difficulties. It’s no laughing matter and you should reflect upon your posting.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza @10 – I think Percy has a bit of a dilemma at the moment – ie how strong to make the team for the EL games. It appears that the players are interested in progressing in the competition -but the opposition gets better and better. So in view of our lowly PL placement does Percy dare to play more of our better players on Thursday or does he name a similar team to the team he played against Metalist away and then play nearly all the first team for the second leg.. His selections for these games whilst keeping “first teamers” fresh for the PL games is very intriguing -just which way is he going to play it.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Wow utd drop Rooney and kagawa but start Tom cleverly, changed my earlier prediction, Madrid are going to run riot over them!

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  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Robin is not in that category. He is just dysfunctional which is very different. I understand your card has been marked on a number of occasions so I can only assume you just don’t believe what you are being told.

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  • lordy_geordie

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks for tht Ibiza

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  • Twatter

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #28

    I personally find it ridiculous that Anzhi are second favourites. I think there’s far more chance of Spurs, Inter or Lazio winning it.

    As for Chelsea? Of course you couldn’t rule them out but with Benitez in charge I find it laughable that they’re favourites.

    I think there could be some serious cash to be won based on the way these odds have been formulated, might be worth putting money on one of the lesser favourites. I wouldn’t rush to put money on us, mind.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Carl/Pushy/Ian/Enid/Cool Dude @21
    You state “if you only knew”.
    MMMmmmmm.
    Let me think now……….MMmmmmmm.
    Ah -you mean if I only knew you were involved in medicine.
    Hows’ about that for a shout?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda…Whilst you may have agreed with some of Robins points, surely you could tell he is a complete wind up before his latest homophobic outburst? He doesn’t get grief for his views on Pardew really, just the way he goes about it.

    Mister…It is a tough balancing act and one that I honestly cannot call (even what I think would be best, let alone what Pardew will pick). I’d like to say we’re on the road to safety as far as the PL goes and that it’s not so much of a concern now, but we all know that’s not completely the case. I would guess we’re safe and really will it matter too much this season if we finished 10th or 15th? Not really, but I don’t want to be waiting until the last couple of games to know we’re guaranteed safety.

    At the beginning of the season I had said that the EL may prove to be nothing more than an entertaining distraction and that we certainly shouldn’t be going all out in the group stages, but these knock-outs are a different story all together. At this point, I lean towards going for the kill.

    But away against Anzhi? I’d say go more defensive and keep the score down and try to get an away goal to bring back to SJP and then hit them with what we’ve got.

    Tads…Fergie Out! Wait, that’s not our job is it? Got a bit over excited there, apologies.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Lordy…No problem.

    Twatter…Never ever rush to put a bet on Newcastle, whether it’s to win or lose it’s a mad mans bet 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza/tough
    In all honesty i still don’t think we have enough fire power to really take it to teams as the away team
    Gouffran is ineligible, jonas should be rested, HBA not fully fit so that leaves us with obertan and marveaux, Marv for me doesn’t really turn up when he’s played wide and then obertan is well………..obertan
    Couple that with cisse being out of form goals might be hard to come by
    Having said that our midfield suddenly looks full of goals

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Tads…Agreed. So keep it tight away from home and give them what we got at home?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza
    We’ll rout those crafty fcuking Russians at home 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Tads…That’s the spirit. I’m expecting 2 tough games and will be absolutely ecstatic if we get through to the quarterfinals.

    If we do manage that, it will of course be no thanks to Pardew and he’ll only mess it up in the next round…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #36

    Evening ‘yall!

    …so what time are we playing Anzhi on Thursday? In future time please 😉 lol

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Ibiza
    Pffffftttttt pardwho?
    That clueless muppet couldn’t get a top 6 finish finish and a european competition if his life depended on it…..

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Pardew! who’s that 😉

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Jesper…..Good evening, hope all is good and that Junior is feeling better.

    I believe it’s a 6pm (future time) KO.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Jesper
    Well it’s 5 o’clock in normal land so i have no idea what time that is in your time

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