Fulham To Challenge Newcastle United For Signature Of Brazilian Centre Back

Cottagers also keen on centre-half.

Fulham have joined Newcastle in the race for FC Twente centre-half Douglas, according to the chairman of the Dutch club.

The Brazilian defender has just one year remaining on his current deal with the Eredivisie outfit and Twente are reportedly keen to cash in on him this summer.

Newcastle have long been linked with a move for the talented 24-year-old but Joop Musterman has revealed that Fulham are also keen on a deal.

“Both clubs [Fulham & Newcastle] told us they want to do business with us,” he is quoted as saying by Sport360.

“We didn’t receive any offers yet, but when they want to pay a fair price, Douglas may leave the club because otherwise he will leave Twente for free next year.”

Considered one of the best defenders in the Eredivisie, Douglas wants a fresh challenge and believes now is the right time to leave Twente.

“I want to go abroad as I have outgrown the league. I noticed this year that I am sometimes a little too easy going down, then you make mistakes. I want to be tested every week,” he said in June.

“I have spent five years [at Twente] and have done my best for the club. I have won the title, the cup – it’s time for a next step.”

Newcastle failed to land Twente forward Luuk de Jong last month, with the Netherlands international opting to join Borussia Monchengladbach.

Fulham also have a history of dealing with Twente – managed by former England boss Steven McLaren – after signing Bryan Ruiz in January.

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