Douglas seeking assurances over proposed Newcastle Utd move

TARGET ... FC Twente's Douglas, right, is interested in a move to Newcastle.
TARGET ... FC Twente's Douglas, right, is interested in a move to Newcastle.

DEFENSIVE target Douglas is keen to join Newcastle United – if he gets assurances about first-team football.

The 25-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer.

And Douglas, a long-standing target, is understood to be interested in a move to St James’s Park, according to sources in Holland.

However, the Brazilian – who also holds a Dutch passport – also has other offers to consider, and he is keen to know how he would fit into United manager Alan Pardew’s plans.

Having been a regular for Dutch club FC Twente, Douglas is unwilling to join as a squad player.

Pardew – whose back four was hit by a series of injuries last season – is desperate to strengthen his defensive options ahead of the new campaign.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor were his first-choice pairing in the centre of defence last season, backed up by January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson.

Coloccini and Taylor have a wealth of Premier League experience between them, and Douglas will be aware that midfielder Vurnon Anita found starts hard to come by after his move from Holland last year.

Anita, signed from Ajax, is pencilled in for a more significant role next season.

And Pardew will be reluctant to make Douglas any promises, with incoming signings often needing time to adjust to the pace and power of English football.

Douglas – who was the subject of a bid from Newcastle last summer – is also interesting clubs in Italy and Holland, and it is not clear whether United’s offer compares favourably to those on the table from elsewhere in Europe.

Also, the club can’t offer European football, though Douglas, is understood to be keen to test himself in the Premier League after spending five years in the Dutch Eredivisie.