Douglas2According to Voetbal International this morning, FC Twente have indicated that they are willing to work with clubs on the transfer of temperamental centre-half Doublas Franco Teixeira.  Douglas was linked with a number of clubs over the summer, including Newcastle, who are also named in the recent report along with Internazionale and Reading FC.

The summer transfer broke down over price negotiations, but in contrast to some reports in the UK press, the issue was more complicated than NUFC refusing to match Chairman Munsterman’s valuation for his star player.  There were two factors working against a summer transfer, but only one of them matters this transfer window.

The first problem was that Douglas wanted to achieve eligibility for the Dutch national side through a residence qualification, which meant that he could not sign a contract outside the Netherlands until later August.  This meant that any contract signing had less than five days to be finalised and signed.

This would not have been an insurmountable problem had there not been an issue with agents, which only came to light later in the Autumn.  According to VI sources, there were three third parties with an interest in any transfer of Douglas from FC Twente, including Douglas himself, but also two of his associates, reportedly a family member and old school friend.

All three – Douglas, the family member and friend – were all entitled to a substantial percentage of the fee paid by the purchasing club.  When Douglas originally signed for FC Twente in 2007, he joined after a trial, and had a very low value, meaning that the percentage fees would be in the low tens of thousands of pounds.

However, with Newcastle tabling an offer reportedly above ten million, this meant that all three of these ‘agents’ were entitled to millions of pounds in fees, leaving FC Twente facing a very low final transfer fee, as well as less than a week to find a replacement for one of their first team regulars.

FC Twente’s demand to Douglas was waive these fees – i.e. let FC Twente take more of the transfer – or play out the last year of your contract.  Douglas unsurprisingly refused and it is fair to assume that this personal gain he stood to make was important in his decision to stay put.

And FC Twente have been good to their word and are prepared to let him depart in the summer, which means he apparently loses this contractual right.  They are now prepared to take a very small fee – presumably in the hope that he will waive his personal share of the transfer – in order to plan an orderly succession in their defence.

DouglasFrancoTeixeira1If Douglas is motivated by money, then he has two options.  He can sign for a European top-club and seek a £100k per week contract immediately, or he can take a step-up, and put himself cheaply on show in the hope of making that step in a couple of years’ time.  Now approaching 25, a good run in a middle ranking European club and for Oranje would give him the chance to sign a highly lucrative contract in 2015.

It is unlikely that Inter would take a punt on a defender untested at the highest level, particularly when he has not proven to have his impetuous nature well under control.  And so that leaves Reading and NUFC in the frame as potential opportunities for Douglas to showcase his talent.

With the signs certainly better for a winter departure of Douglas from Twente than they were over the summer, hopefully all parties involved will now have a much better sense of the financial realities involved and be able to make the right deal happen.

On a personal note, I remain to be convinced that he is the centre-half that NUFC need: but with our perilous league position and limited options for strengthening, now certainly seems a good time for the manager to be taking a few informed gambles on untested players in the winter transfer market.

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23 comments
LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

You can see why Ashley bought the rights to well known 'brand labels' .... he sticks them on things and people believe they are buying 'Slaz*nger' or whatever.... which its is of course....


.... until the brand becomes synonymous with the real quality of the goods he can fool some of the people a lot of the time... especially when its reduced by 70%....


Never mind the quality....look at the label.....



Morpeth mag
Morpeth mag

This is the perfect time to hit him, after the programme last night the press and public are really staring to take notice of his business practice, the fans need to take more action against him and his businesses, the more anti ashley propogander the better,,

Tony79
Tony79

The most exploitative and ruthless employer in the country.


AshleyOut.  The scurge of this country

Ashleyout
Ashleyout

I really hope we are relegated... so fat man doesn't get the TV money...It would be a small price to pay to get rid of the Greedy Bast**d...

prestondave
prestondave

@Ashleyout agree mate. Its the only source of comfort I can feel and can look forward to because of the so called fans who contribute to FCB wealth every time they turn up to SJP to watch that parcel of sh*t. Condoning this method of how our club is ran means nothing will change unless his TV money disappears. Then he will be forced to make a decision one way or the other.

partworntyres
partworntyres

for 'dissappointed' read extremely p.ssed off. for 'inaccurate' read accurate.

pies pies pies and more pies to follow...

bill black
bill black

Any pro Ashley supporters around. Does anyone wish to go to the next match and why !!!!  Does anyone want to buy from Sports Direct and why!!!!!.  Too the shareholders of Sports Direct why lose your money on Sports Direct!!!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

Shirebrook..... Bergen-Belsen more like it.....

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@1957 The entrance staircase put it in mind. the signage.. 'Hard work brings rewards'....... arbeit macht frei....


....sorry

1957
1957

Sorry if I misunderstand your meaning but to me you are suggesting Shirebrook is worse ("I've visited....wouldn't want to go within 50 miles..."). Totally tasteless comment, at least LeazesEnder apologised for his.

Life in the "Shirebrook slave camp" is infinitely preferable to those 1940's Labour (Death) camps.

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@1957 In todays enlightened times it´s offensive that a place like Shirebrook should be allowed to operate the way it does considering the sacrifices made by others in the cause of freedom !!


Just for the record: I served in Bosnia Herzegowina during it´s darkest times of ethnic cleansing and saw things you won´t see on youtube and Sky News, so I wasn´t making a comparison between Shirebrook and Concentration camps !!


I was suggesting Concentration camps should be mandatory visits (lest we forget) whereas places like Shirebrokk serve no purpose whatsoever, other than fuelling a greedy business and the demeaning use of cheap unprotected labour !!

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@PeterRobson @1957 Yes, you should talk about these things.... when you stop talking that's when people forget and sometimes it takes these comparisons, and what shocked me was the conditions people are working under for National minimum wages.... no talking... barked out orders over the tannoy.... naming and shaming..... good god almighty!

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@LeazesEnder I´ve visited Bergen Belsen and Auschwitz mate but I sure as hit wouldn´t want to go within 50 miles of his Shirebrook slave camp !!!

1957
1957

I absolutely agree that our schools should be actively encouraged to take more pupils to the camps and that kids should not think ethnic cleansing is something that happened in the distant past. It should not only be those with a family history linked to atrocities that continue to remember.

The issue of exploitation of workers through zero hours and other draconian employment contracts are distasteful and unacceptable. It seems however they are going to be with us for a while yet given that the present (and likely future) government see them as acceptable business practice that reduces unemployment statistics and fuels the (apparent) success of their long term economic plan. The sad fact is that the vast majority of people that shop at SD really don't care about how the products get to the shelves or their door only what they paid for them. I'm alright Jack mentality still prevails.

SD won't change until we have a government that outlaws these practices, 7th of May could become an employment watershed, but I doubt it.

1957
1957

So have I and no matter how bad his working practices may be to gilbly compare Shirebrook to the tragedy that was seen in those camps does you no credit. I'm sure a visit to Shirebrook wouldn't have the emotional effect on me that walking around Auschwitz did

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

@1957 I wasn´t comparing them in terms of Tragedy or emotional impact !!


Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen are places which should always remain in our memories whether people have ever visited them or not !!!


Jail for Ashley
Jail for Ashley

We have witnessed lies and deceit from this truly awful regime for eight long years now. How anyone can still stand by and defend their actions is beyond me. It really should say it all that it took over a week to half heartedly respond to a fans forum letter but less than an hour to defend his tacky sports shop.

Get the slimy barstewards out.

AO.

HWTF.