Defender deal close

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Newcastle are leading the race to sign FC Twente defender Douglas after it was revealed the player will leave Holland in the summer.

Newcastle: Defender deal close

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has made finding a new central defender one of his top priorities ahead of next season and the highly-rated Douglas is known to be high on his wanted list.
Twente have already lined up the 24-year-old's replacement in a clear indication they are happy to sell and Newcastle will fight off interest from Aston Villa and Fulham to secure a deal.

Douglas has told Twente boss Steve McClaren he wants to leave and the former England boss will not stand in his way if Newcastle make an approach.
"It's not a case of if Douglas wants to play in the Premier League - it's simply when. He's told the manager he wants to go," A source at FC Twente told the Chronicle.
"Steve McClaren also has a new defender lined up to replace him in the summer and appreciates that Douglas wants to move on."