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Newcastle Have Yet To Bid For Brazilian Defender?

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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16 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #1


  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Goodnight ladies

  • Kyo

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Yep he’s 100% leaving FC Twente this week. Most likely to us if it’s only Fulham as competition.

  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #4


    where does your surety come from?

  • Kyo

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #5


    Twente’s chairman says he won’t keep Douglas because they’ll miss out on money if he stays another year and leaves on a free.

    He has a temper though, so hopefully Pards can keep him behaved.


  • mattyNUFC

    Aug 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #6

    i have my doubts about him….not his attitude or temperament but rather his ability

  • toon1707

    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Do we really need him he will only sit on the bench taylor and colo will be our starting 2 this season and perch looked solid and williamson is there also I think we are ok at CB just my opinion we could do with a RB to start and a striker as cover and then I think we will be looking very strong

  • r and r

    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #8


    Good link.He looks quite handy in the ring !
    Sign him up.

  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #9

    I love how everyone has decided he’s got an attitude from a one off event when he clearly just lost control. But nothing vaguely similar has ever happened before or after. He’s young and passionate that’s all.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #10

    2_goal/-tino- yeah it’s like saying Pardew has a real bad temper just because he pushed the linesman in the heat of the moment.

    I haven’t seen much of Douglas but what I have seen is that he is a towering defender that is strong and a good header of the ball, knows where the goal is too.

    I hope we sign him apparently Fulham have bid and so have we and he has to decide what to do very soon.

  • sheepshearer

    Aug 21, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Personally I don’t think we need him. There are better options surely. mbiwa or pieters (when he’s fit) who not only will give us options at cb but also at fb.

  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 21, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #12

    For those of you who don’t think Douglas wouldnt start…ur higher than giraffe clipper. He is legit. Touch as nails. Just the Kind of guy we need.


    Aug 21, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #13

    We have more chance of getting Douglas than we have of signing Debuchy!

    Built like a Brick Shithouse! He,s been a target of ours for what seems years.

    I still think we should go get him!

  • toon1707

    Aug 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #14

    So zebra who would be dropped colo or taylor

  • Rossy G

    Aug 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Personally I see him as a bit of a risk, I think he is good enough to compete and I’m not concerned about his temperament it’s more his attitude. He stated earlier in the window that ‘bigger’ clubs that us wanted him. While many will laugh this off we cannot more than anything afford to disrupt the camaraderie we currently have….like Mbwia with his Newcastle stepping stone to AC Milan comment….it’s that kind of character than can poison others into believing its better elsewhere. I would avoid them and go for players that want to be here like Debuchy, etc. one I would avoid though is Pieters, although attitude is right I don’t think he is any better than Santon nor do I trust his fitness with so many continuous injuries. If no one else is available hen lets get Good or Streete fast tracked and making some sub appearances in Europa and Domestic cups.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Aug 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont count Perch as centre back I only count him if we are stuck but he isnt bad, but would you rather have Douglas or Perch/Williamson?


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