Tuesday, 10th April, 2012
FC Twente star Douglas is prepared to join English Premier League side Newcastle United – but not until late August, according to Voetbal International.
The Brazilian defender has impressed with the Tukkers this season, attracting admiring glances from Newcastle, who are thought to be willing to pay Twente €5M for his services in the summer.
That may be enough for Steve McClaren’s side to bid farewell to a player who signed up in 2007 from Brazilian minnows Joinville.
But the 24-year-old, despite being excited by the prospect of heading to St. James’ Park and playing Premier League football, is prepared to wait to ink a switch to England.
And the reason is simple: Dutch citizenship.
Douglas has expressed an interest in representing Holland at international level and Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk is keen to consider the defender.
However, Douglas will have to remain in Holland until late August, when he will have completed five years in the country and therefore gain his citizenship.
Newcastle then will have to wait to complete a deal for the highly rated Twente star.
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