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Newcastle United close in on Douglas transfer

TARGET ... Newcastle hope to tie up a deal for Douglas.

TARGET ... Newcastle hope to tie up a deal for Douglas.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

NEWCASTLE United hope to push through a deal for Douglas next week.

The defender has long been a target for the club, which opens its pre-season campaign with a game against German minnows Chemnitzer this evening (5.30pm BST).

And there could be an end in sight to protracted – and complicated –negotiations with the Brazilian defender’s club FC Twente, according to sources in Holland.

While Pardew’s squad tour Germany and Hungary, club officials are expected to ramp up their efforts to secure Douglas and other targets, among them Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy.

Speaking ahead of United’s pre-season programme, Pardew said he was hopeful of a breakthrough in the transfer market later this month.

Asked if there was an imminent arrival, Pardew said: “Not in the next week or so, but certainly in the next 14 days I’d think somebody will come in.”

And the Gazette understands the club are hopeful of signing Douglas, whose situation is complicated by the fact that he needs to stay in Holland until late August to get Dutch citizenship.

However, Newcastle are prepared to work around this issue.

Efforts are also ongoing to secure Debuchy, who has reportedly been offered an improved contract to stay at Lille.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have belatedly officially confirmed the club’s pre-season tour of Germany and Hungary.

Pardew’s squad travel to Munich for a training camp immediately after the Chemnitzer game.

Newcastle will then take on Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco in Landsberg on Monday (6pm), and the tour ends with a game against Fenerbahce at the Soprom Stadum, Soprom, Hungary, on July 21 (6pm).

Both matches are being broadcast live by ESPN.

Fans have been angered and frustrated by the late confirmation, which left many unable to make travel arrangements.

And a club statement read: “Due to the cancellation of the Vodacom Challenge tournament in South Africa, arrangements for the games in Germany and Hungary were made in less time than desirable, which has resulted in late confirmation of these matches.”

United have also confirmed that they will take on Braga, not Porto, in the Guadiana Torneo in the Algarve, Portugal on July 28.

Newcastle play Olympiakos in the tournament 24 hours earlier.

Newcastle United v AS Monaco, 16th July at 6pm, exclusively live on ESPN. Log on to www.espn.co.uk/tv to subscribe.

 

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