Making a change from Steve McClaren allegedly chasing players he had with him at Derby, with claims today that he is keen on a reunion with Douglas.

The 6ft 3 central defender was first choice for McClaren when FC Twente lifted the Dutch title in the 2009/10 season and The Mail claim that the one-time England boss is keen to be reunited with the Dynamo Moscow defender.

When the now Newcastle Head Coach returned to Twente in 2012 he stayed until February 2013 before resigning, Douglas following him out of the door at the end of the season and joining the Russian club, having ran his contract down and leaving on a free.

Most Newcastle fans will of course remember that United had their very own saga with the Brazilian turned Dutch centre-back, with claims over a long period that Alan Pardew had him lined up as the towering centre-back, who can also score goals, that we are so desperate for still.

It was the summer of 2012 when United had finished fifth, that the speculation was at its height, but of course ironically instead of signing that big bruising centre-back we were desperate for, Newcastle signed Vurnon Anita…

Now 27, Douglas was no doubt tempted by the big wages on offer these days to join the one of the Russian clubs offering big wages but on the pitch he has had a mixed time.

With 20 league starts in his first season and 19 over the last year for Dynamo Moscow, he has never really nailed down a permanent place in the starting eleven.

Also, whilst he dreamed of playing for Holland after obtaining a Dutch passport, the nearest he got was sitting on the bench twice as an unused sub back in 2012. So it is possible he could see a new career in the Premier League giving him a small possibility of getting back in the Holland squad.

A fourth place finish last year also means that both Douglas and Dynamo Moscow won’t be in Europe this coming season.

If there is genuine interest then you would imagine the transfer fee wouldn’t be prohibitive but the wages might pose a problem if the defender expects them to at least be matched by Newcastle.

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