Trio in Douglas race
West Ham United,
West Ham United, Fulham and Newcastle have all made offers for FC Twente's Brazilian defender Douglas.
The 24-year-old gains Dutch nationality next month which means he will be able to play in the Premier League without any need for a work permit. He has been linked with clubs in Italy and Germany, but it is believed he would relish the prospect of playing in England. Newcastle United firmed up their interest earlier this week by submitting a bid, but Dutch sources claim that Fulham and West Ham have also made offers. It is not clear which bid is currently winning the race or how much it would take to persuade Twente to part with the player who has been a virtual ever-present in Steve McClaren's side for the past two seasons. Fulham boss Martin Jol knows all about Douglas from his time in charge of Ajax and is keen to add him to his squad while Sam Allardyce is looking for more depth and experience in that position.