Alan Pardew had again talked late in the season about having a big 6’4″ center-back playing for Newcastle, and there were a couple we knew of – one was Christopher Samba of QPR and the other was Douglas of FC Twente, a Brazilian who Newcastle were interested in last summer.
Douglas – Newcastle have tabled the best offer?
Samba cost QPR a whopping £12M from Russian club Anzhi in January, so there was no way Mike Ashley was going to pay anywhere near that for a 29 year-old – we’ll let clubs like QPR overpay for their players.
Douglas is now a free agent, after seeing out the last year of his contract at FC Twente, but there are a number if big clubs after him and Newcastle seemed to have cooled their interest in him after they went after him last summer, although he has indicated his desire to play in England.
And there are reports in Italy that even claim the player has now agreed a deal to join Newcastle, but that would be surprising if it were true, with clubs like Lazio, Anzhi Makhachkala and Russian side FK Krasnodar also in negotiations with the player’s agent.
We don’t think Newcastle can make big offers for players these days, but the Italian press is saying Newcastle’s offer to Douglas is better than those of the other clubs, and of course we do get an extra £25M (at least) next season for being in the Premier League, with the new three year TV deal starting – so maybe we can make better offers for players.
The Journal is reporting that Douglas is now at the top of the list of targets to pursue at Newcastle, and could be the first player signed this summer, and Alan Pardew and others are expected back this week from holiday.
So if Newcastle can get this man through the door, it will be great and will give us (Newcastle) some momentum, and will shake things up in central defense, and we’ve got to believe that Mike Williamson would then be put on the market and maybe Newcastle can get £3M for the 29 year-old?
One complication last summer was that the Brazilian player did not have a European passport, but that was solved last August when he became a Dutch citizen, and he was then called up to the Dutch National side, but has never played for Holland yet.
After going after this player last summer, it would be a surprise and a bit of a coup if Newcastle can get their man – and if you believe the Italian press – that’s what will happen.
25 year-old Douglas joined Twente in 2007 from Joinville, and has played around 245 times with 16 goals in the six seasons he’s played in the Eredivisie – and he doesn’t seem to get injured too much either.
We think this would be a good signing for Newcastle – certainly another bargain buy – what do you think?
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