Newcastle and Fulham are locked in a transfer battle to sign Twente defender Douglas, The Daily Mail claim.
The Brazilian-born centre-half only has one year remaining with the Enschede-based side and is keen to leave the Eredivisie outfit to sign for a bigger club before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
The Tyneside team were thought to be winning the race for Douglas’ capture after having a bid of £4.5 million accepted, and have offered the South American wages of £40,000 per week.
However, with Martin Jol having key knowledge of the Eredivisie, Fulham have intervened in an attempt to bring Douglas to Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers have also had an offer of £4.5 million accepted, and now the player will have the final say of which club he moves to.
By Gareth McKnight