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Pardew chasing Twente defender

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is reportedly set to revive attempts to bring FC Twente defender Douglas to St James’ Park in the summer according to the Daily Mail.

Pardew’s £5 million bid to sign the Brazilian in January was rebuffed by Twente manager Steve McClaren but that hasn’t put the Magpies boss off making another move once the current season draws to a close.

He was in attendance at the Eredivisie side’s game with league leaders Ajax on Sunday to watch the 24-year-old in action and was suitably impressed with what he saw.

The former West Ham and Southampton chief is now prepared to increase his offer to £8 million which could persuade the Tukkers to sell their prized defensive asset.

Aston Villa are also interested in Douglas but will have secure their Premier League status before thinking about making a move for the Brazil born player who holds an EU citizenship meaning he doesn’t require a work permit.

50-year-old Pardew has proceeded over a magnificent campaign on Tyneside guiding Newcastle to within touching distance of Champions League qualification despite possessing a threadbare squad.

However after being thrashed 4-0 by relegation candidates Wigan  Pardew is desperate to bolster his defensive options to ensure the Magpies remain competitive even when their star players are absent.

Capturing Douglas’ signature will represent a significant coup for Pardew who has seen his back four capitulate on more than one occasion this season.

Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, midfield team-mate Siem de Jong and FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong were also the subject of his scouting reconnaissance over the weekend as he searches for summer reinforcements.

Should Newcastle qualify for Europe’s elite competition it would significantly boost their bank balance and give them the capability to bid for come of the continent’s brightest prospects.

 

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