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Twente chairman unsure of Newcastle target Douglas’ intentions

FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman admits he doesn’t know whether Douglas wants to leave the club amid reports Newcastle United have made a bid for his services.

The Magpies are said to have submitted a formal offer in the region of £3.15 million for the Brazilian-born defender, who is close to securing Dutch citizenship.

Boss Alan Pardew is desperate to bolster his back four this summer but will have to beat off interest from Premier League rivals Fulham and West Ham United who are also rumoured to be tracking the 24-year-old.

However, Douglas revealed that he is unaware of any offer from the Tyneside club stating that he wants to remain at the De Grolsch Veste leaving Munsterman unsure as to what his future plans are.

“It is unclear what Newcastle United and Douglas want exactly,” he told De Telegraaf.

“Douglas says he wants to leave one week and the next week he wants to stay.”

Newcastle are keen to move the deal forward and a source close to the player told the Evening Chronicle that discussions over a transfer have taken place.

“Newcastle is a very good club and I am sure it could be a very good step up for Douglas,” they said.

“But there has been no contact for the player yet. A transfer has been discussed by the club though and his representatives will be flying over from Brazil to talk soon.”

Pardew is also thought to be closing in on the signing of French international right back Mathieu Debuchy as he steps up his recruit drive ahead of the new season.
The 26-year-old, who starred for Les Bleus at Euro 2012, has told Lille he wants to leave the club and reunite for fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye following his move to the North East 12 months ago.
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