Wednesday, 22nd August, 2012
Brazilian stopper Douglas appears to be heading towards the FC Twente exit door – and Fulham have jumped into pole position to secure his services.
The defender, who also has Dutch citizenship, has been targeted by the Cottagers and fellow English Premier League outfit Newcastle United this summer.
Douglas has made mixed noises about remaining in Enschede and Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has now lost patience with the player, declaring that if an acceptable offer arrives, it would be better for all parties that he left; central to Munsterman’s thinking is also that Douglas has but one year remaining on his contract with the Tukkers.
No sooner had Munsterman made his thoughts known than Douglas’ representatives opened talks with Fulham.
According to the well-connected daily TC Tubantia, the player’s agents are in London for talks with the Cottagers.
Fulham manager Martin Jol has accelerated his interest in the 24-year-old and is thought to be ready to splash out €5.5M to secure his services.
It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will compete with Fulham for Douglas; the Magpies sent a delegation to Holland to negotiate for the defender and then-Twente striker Luuk de Jong earlier this summer.