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.


DownUnderMag 5pts

I think the lure of the pot of gold at the end of the season and the new bumper TV deal will be too much temptation for Ashley and he will have one last roll of the dice.  'Arry could well be tempted to take us on for a nice bonus if he keeps us up, but could he really do anything with the current crop of players?  I doubt it, I just can't see anyone getting this lot to gel as a unit let alone fix their attitude and lack of passion.  I don't think a big spending spree will fix it either, there's just no value in that for Ashley and he will be keen to see if Carr can find another couple of it or not we are looking odds on to go down now unless we see a huge turn-around.

grantham mag
grantham mag 5pts

Great read, but Arry, his is dog short of a bob or two, bless him

GarethMarshall 5pts

Cracking read Wiz, thanks!. I hope all of it comes true, all except Arry getting the job. The guy is a dinosaur and not what we need. He is definitely better than SM, however, my little toe would do a better job than SM.

desree 5pts

Just a thought but could Redknapp be replacing Carr or Charnley? Carrs transfer deallings have been terrible since cabaye.

Charnley has taken the club to new depths, he makes JFK look good.

My guess is that the coaching staff and players have changed yet we are getting worse. Surely Mike Ashley must have little confidence that FLC has what it takes. With 25m of signings sat on the bench, Ashley must be fuming at the two of them.

Redknapp has little desire to be out on the training pitch but he loves being in front of the cameras and wheeling and dealing. Potentially lots of cuts of agents fees for him too.

RoboRat 5pts

The club is in profit and with the new sky TV deals is about to become an even bigger cash cow to the fat t**t. As long as he can keep us just above the drop zone and reap the profits, while having a free advertising platform for his Sports Direct company, he will continue to milk all the hard working supporters for all he can get from them.

It's heart breaking - but the only way we can get rid of him is to stop going to all games. So sad.

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

I see Rednapp as an addition to McClaren, not a replacement. The head coach will have a manager, albeit for a short time. 

toonrobbybobson 5pts

Completely agree. The article I agree with in the main but if markets crash and I do think they will he will still own newcastle, its assets (i dont mean our rubbish players), a relatively low wage bill compared to most epl clubs, its not shares he owns the club and can ride it out he has more than enough money. Anyone who thinks people wont buy sd tat are wrong just look at this 2008 crash sd went from strength to strength in that market because they sell cheap. In fact he will get away with more then because government will be so weak. With this countries debt maybe we should worry more about that than fooball, then again we willalways have our football.

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@toonrobbybobson Quite, ironically, if there is another crash, we're better off in the hands of someone like MA with a very liquid asset base than in the hands of some highly geared chancer / investor.

MA has cash and he has a business that is fairly immune to recession. 

DavidDrape 5pts

great read and excellent perspective. ''Never say Never'' one thing is certain football is due another nighty crash and i wouldn't disagree regards stock market crashing again

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@DavidDrape Markets will always go down at some point so the advice to sell before the crash is always going to be valid, the trick is knowing when. 

I suspect the internet telly streaming may affect NUFC's value more than a crash (whenever that may or may not happen). 

I can't see a world economic crash in the next year though unless we go into a war or something happens with China (which will happen in the next decade). UK, US and German economies are fairly stable with enough emerging markets in Africa and Asia to keep growth going. The UK is fairly well place (considering) Osbourne's cuts are seen as sensible and our businesses are not in the debt that they were in 2007. 

mactoon 5pts

The profit he will get from next years TV and sponsorship money means there is NO WAY he will sell. I think you are way off the mark in most aspects of your story

Bobbi Flekman
Bobbi Flekman 5pts

@mactoon Not really the argument, the money from TV means that the value of NUFC is at a high and fits in with the theory of selling now (or the next year or so). The TV money also fits in with the  idea that there will be more takers now than when / if the football bubble bursts or that internet tv kills the TV deals. 

mactoon 5pts

@Bobbi Flekman @mactoon  it makes money for Ashley but doesn't for a potential buyer who also has to pay Ashley a deficit of 129 million which he has invested to keep the club in the black.

ourlad 5pts

Wellcome to the house of fun Harry.

Goodbuy Ashley.

St.James as it used to more Tic Tack boards around this great stadium.

If only.

magpiefifer 5pts

Redknapp is NOT the answer!

Ashley's speciality is hiring out-of-work managers - and how often does it work!?

Bishbosh11 5pts

What a load of claptrap!

Do you see Ashley selling off millions of his shares at present? No! So how is he gambling on a stock market crash? How could a stock market crash possibly help MA? A very large proportion of his wealth is invested in shares.

Also, if he feels he has had his fingers burnt by acquiring NUFC, why would he then go out and buy Rangers (or at least attempt to)?

Cripes 5pts

@Bishbosh11  Despite the fact I am calling myself Cripes, Bishbosh11, this is actually Wiz writing this reply.

No, I don't see Ashley selling off millions of his shares. He is not gambling on a stock market crash. He is afraid his investment in Newcastle will be worthless at the time of a crash. If Newcastle are still in the Premier League, this would probably not happen. If Newcastle are relegated, it could quite possibly happen. It will take Newcastle years to get out of the Championship.

Rangers are a much better bet than Newcastle in the long term. Cheaper too.

Brownale69 5pts

will he be able  to get players playing?

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson 5pts

I'd never been a fan of his, but he/anything MUST be better than the tripe were watching.