Newcastle line up Brazilian free agent

FC Twente's' Douglas

Newcastle United are looking to sign Brazilian-born defender Douglas, according to The Journal.

Douglas is a free agent this summer after his contract with Dutch club FC Twente expired in May and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has been monitoring Douglas for a while, looks set to approach the 25-year-old.

But they are set to face stiff competition from Lazio, Anzhi Makhachkala and FK Krasnodar, who are all considering contract offers for the defender.

Douglas has finished his 6th and final season at Twente, and is being lined up as a possible replacement for Fabricio Coloccini, who is expected to return to Argentina this summer.

Newcastle have also been linked with PSG defender Mamadou Sakho, and West Ham’s James Tomkins. But with Douglas being a free transfer, it is expected that Alan Pardew will try and bring him to St James’ Park as well, as he looks to solidify the club’s leaky defence.

The Toon conceded 68 goals last season, as the club finished just above the Premier League relegation zone. Pardew’s men endured a 4-0 defeat against Manchester City, and also lost 6-0 at home to Liverpool.

Newcastle are also monitoring the progress of Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who is still yet to sign a contract with West Ham.

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