Yesterday we heard that Newcastle were interested in Blackburn Rovers centre-half Chris Samba, today we are being linked with another defender, this time Douglas Franco Teixeira from FC Twente.
At first this seems just another rumour but at closer inspection there does seem to be a bit of credibility to it. At 23-years old he’s a great age and with his contract running out at the end of the season, a cut-price move would be right up our street.
Personally I would love to see Douglas sign. Aside from Chris Samba, Douglas would be my number one choice to buy. He has the pace, the height, the strength and the ability to be able to play in the Premier League – and do well.
One problem with any potential move might be Douglas’ temperament. In February 2011 he was banned for six-matches for punching AZ Alkmaar midfielder Pontus Wernbloom and then went on to push referee Ruud Bossen, if you have seen Douglas, I have a lot of sympathy for Wernbloom for taking a punch off him.
One more thing that might swing a move in our favour is Cheik Tiote who used to be a team-mate of Douglas at Twente so hopefully Cheik gets on the blower and persuades him.
It would be a fantastic signing if we could pull it off and everything seems in place for us to bid and for him to come. I just hope Pardew feels the same as me!
What are your thoughts?