JOE Kinnear is drawing up a hitlist of transfer targets – with centre-half Douglas at the top.
The 66-year-old revealed at the weekend that he is Newcastle United’s new director of football in a shock return to Tyneside.
Kinnear claims he will have overall control of transfers, and will work with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr to bring players into the club.
Brazilian defender Douglas has long been identified as a target, with the Magpies first trying to sign centre-half last season.
And Kinnear will this week step up the club’s bid to land the 25-year-old on a free transfer after his contract with FC Twente expires at the end of this month.
And he will also speak with Pardew and Carr about other targets, including signing a proven striker.
“Alan Pardew will tell me how he feels about the squad, and where he thinks it needs to be improved upon,” Kinnear said.
“Can we get somebody who will score more goals? Can we get players better than we’ve got? That’s the role that I’ve got.
“What I’m going to do is get my hitlist done as quickly as possible.”
Kinnear – who has been out of the game for four years since his last spell at Newcastle, when he was caretaker-manager, ended after he suffered a heart attack – believes he has enough contacts around the world to bring top players to Tyneside.
And he says he will be hitting the phone this week as he steps up Newcastle’s recruitment drive.
“There’s hardly anyone in the business I don’t know,” he added.
“I can pick up the phone and ring every single manager in the game to ask them about players, and find out what they’re selling.
“I’ll look at it carefully, and see if any of those players are good enough for us.”