Report: McClaren eyes reunion with defender Douglas, Newcastle make enquiry over deal

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren could be engineering a reunion with centre back Douglas, according to reports.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United have enquired about signing centre back Douglas from Dynamo Moscow this summer.

The Magpies are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements this summer, with disappointing displays from Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson plaguing Newcastle last season.

Now, having already landed one Dutchman in midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven, Newcastle could add one of his compatriots too.

The Daily Mail report that Newcastle have made an enquiry to Dinamo Moscow over a possible move for centre back Douglas, who joined the Russian side two years ago.

The Brazilian-born centre back was called up by the Netherlands in 2012, having impressed with Twente - who were of course managed by Steve McClaren.

The Daily Mail suggest that McClaren is looking to secure a reunion with his former defender at Newcastle, and the defender is keen to complete a move away from Russia this summer.

What would Douglas offer Newcastle?

Douglas stands at over 6ft 3in tall, possessing great size and strength to dominate defenders, whilst he is also superb in the air - at both ends of the pitch.

At 27, Douglas is in his prime, and could represent an ideal signing for Newcastle given his familiarity with McClaren and his methods from their time together at Twente.

At least one centre back is needed this summer, and a reunion with Douglas may be a perfect opportunity for McClaren to strengthen his defence ahead of the new Premier League season.

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