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Newcastle Interested In Young Brazilian Center-Back

The Evening Chronicle today is reporting that  center-back Douglas Franco Teixeira of FC Twente – known as Douglas –  is a possible defensive target for Newcastle United next month.

Douglas – 6’4′ Twente center-back

Well at least Newcastle have never been linked with this player before, at least according to our records.

The 23 year-old 6’4″ center-back has been at Twente since he joined them back in 2007, from Brazilian club Joinville.

And as usual Newcastle seem to be on the ball, as Douglas’ contract runs out next summer, and the defender could be signed for a decent fee next month.

Other clubs, as might be expected, are interested and they include Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers, and the player is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.

Top Dutch clubs PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are also interested in the player,  and Newcastle will have watched him ever since they were tracking former FC Twente player Cheick Tiote, who has been a great success on Tyneside.

Douglas is tall and plays in the style of a no-nonsense center-back,  and is very good in the air, and reckoned to be one of the best center-backs in the Eredivisie.

His basic and no-nonsense style will be appreciated by Newcastle fans, and Chief Scout Graham Carr will have watched him quite a few times, and certainly Ivorian Cheick  Tiote will know the player from his time at Twente.

Douglas recently gained his Dutch passport at the suggestion of Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk, and he is now expected to be included in the Dutch squad shortly.

The right footed player has played 28 times this season for Twente with two goals, and the Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle were represented at Twente’s recent 1-0 win in the Europa League over Fulham.

Italian club Juventus and Bundesliga clubs Hamburg and Wolfsburg have also been interested in signing Douglas in the past, and he is valued at around £7M, but not with his contract running out on 30th June next year.

As usual, Newcastle seem to have found a potentially  top player, and we expect the Florianópolis, Brazil born player will cost very little next month, and we have to hope that Newcastle’s name is again big enough to attract the player to Tyneside.

We think it is, and from what we can tell his style would be just right for the English Premier League.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • mickguk

    Dec 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #1

    More than welcome at Newcastle. Just what we need and if Graham Carr says so then let it be. C’mon Mike cheque book out !!

  • Beattie25

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I dunno about this one. Just been watching a 10 minute ‘highlight’ reel and whilst he is tall and a good header of the ball he seems, I dunno, a little frail, a little bit bambi legged. IMO and watching him from the viewpoint of the premier league as a comparison, he would get battered about by the likes of drogba, bent, Rooney, dzeko, holt etc… Looks like a new cacapa.

    But as we all say, in Carr we trust. I just hope we have been following him for years and he isn’t being purchased because of our defensive frailties and his contract situation.

  • Beattie25

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Btw he got 3 red cards in one game so he is a little mad! He lashed out at a player, tried to attack the referee and then punched a plyer whilst being dragged of by his team mates. Watch it on YouTube, quite funny.

  • Vinicinhos

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Great defender!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    just seen pardew’s account of why he didn’t bring ben Arfa on. Bizarre !!!!!!!!!! to say the least. I think pardew is ”in a bubble”.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Beattie25, got a link?

  • Dannyo

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Ye, it’s a comment that backfires a bit on him. I thought HBA was the person to find those loop holes in the defense, and if he can’t find it, he’d make one if he’s back to his best.
    Pardew opted to power through with the presence of Ba/Best/Shola, and a late sub by Vuckic (who btw had a great few mins).
    I can understand the reasoning, given HBAs current form, it’s most likely true atm, but with HBA on form, it would’ve been quit different.


    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8


    Doesnt hit the lad to begin with wrongful red card! 🙂

  • martoon

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Just watched the YouTube clip – the red mist certainly descended that day. I supposed all players have their moments of madness but that was something else – not sure he’d survive in the premiership with all the wind up merchants.

  • dmac

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont think that was ever a red card if im honest..

  • dmac

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    The challenge anyway afterwards he went a bit nuts lol

  • toonincheek

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Googled his name and ‘red card’ – some interesting videos.
    3 red cards at one time takes some beating.

    Some nice balls, though !

  • dawid182

    Dec 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    we need him. I sorry to say that because Saylor is one of my favourite players in the team, but if we see that clearly we cant plan with Saylor… the hard thing is he played only 48 games from the last 110 games and its gonna be much more at the end of the season 48games from 138…. its narrow hes always injured…

  • Vest

    Dec 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Nothing gets me angrier, than if I’m being wronged.

    And when he hits the guy on his way out, it’s just because he was sent of for doing it, and didn’t want to go before he did 🙂

  • max

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    SIGN HIM!!!

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Get him signed…imagine both Douglas and Tiote on the same field..players would be scared to run at us….

  • GeordieAnt

    Dec 19, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh….and make sure to show that youtube video at the start of every game if we do sign him


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