Newcastle United could potentially solve their defensive problems, with a double Dutch swoop in the summer.
Alan Pardew’s men have defended well this year, but injuries to Steven Taylor and now Fabricio Coloccini have showed a possible frailty, despite James Perch’s excellent performances at centre-back in recent weeks.
There is also the fact that Danny Simpson’s contract talks have stalled and the Newcastle manager wants added competition for places at the back.
According to the Daily Mirror, Pardew will attempt to sign FC Twente centre-back Douglas and PSV Eindhoven left-back Erik Pieters.
Douglas has already told FC Twente manager, Steve McClaren that he will be leaving this summer in search of a new challenge. Although it is expected that Ajax and Schalke are ready to rival the Magpies for the £6million-rated defender.
Pieters is a Dutch international, who can play anywhere across the back-four, specialising on the left.
Left-back has been a bit of a problem position for Newcastle this season and I think Pieters could be the latest in a long ling of intelligent signings by Pardew. However, I am not so sure they really need Douglas.
Added competition for places is great, but next season Steven Taylor will back back, and it would be unfair to put one of the current centre-backs on the bench. I’m sure the club has a good youngster or two coming through in defence. And if not, they could pick a decent reserve centre-back up for half the price of Douglas.
I can only imagine that there is a real fear of Simpson leaving. That would explain the decision to go for two defenders rather than just one at this stage.
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