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The Brazilian central defender is a target for Magpies boss Alan Pardew with a Europa League campaign in mind and his agent confirmed to Goal.com that there is concrete interest

Newcastle are targeting FC Twente central defender Douglas this summer.

The 24-year-old has made over 100 league appearances for the Dutch side, currently managed by Steve McClaren, since joining in 2007.

But he could now be set to move on, with the Brazilian’s agent, Leo Scheinkmann, confirming to Goal.com that the Magpies have concrete interest in his client.

The centre-back is also believed to be keen on the switch, with a Twente source telling the Newcastle Chronicle: “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.

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“Steve McClaren also has a new defender lined up to replace him in the summer and appreciates that Douglas wants to move on.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew looks set to pounce for Douglas as he prepares for a possible Europa League campaign next season.

Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor have been the club’s first-choice centre-backs this season but both have had injuries, the latter having been out for most of the season.

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