Newcastle United closing in on deal for Douglas

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NEWCASTLE United hope to push through a deal for Douglas next week.

The defender has long been a target for the club, which opens its pre-season campaign with a game against German minnows Chemnitzer this evening.

And there could be an end in sight to protracted – and complicated – negotiations with the Brazilian defender’s club FC Twente, according to sources in Holland.

While Pardew’s squad tour Germany and Hungary, club officials are expected to ramp up their efforts to secure Douglas and other targets, among them Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy.

Speaking ahead of United’s pre-season programme, Pardew said he was hopeful of a breakthrough in the transfer market later this month.

Asked if there was an imminent arrival, Pardew said: “Not in the next week or so, but certainly in the next 14 days I’d think somebody will come in.”

The club is hopeful of signing Douglas, whose situation is complicated by the fact that he needs to stay in Holland until late August to get Dutch citizenship.

However, Newcastle are prepared to work round this issue. Efforts are also ongoing to secure Debuchy, who has reportedly been offered an improved contract to stay at Lille.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have belatedly confirmed the club’s pre-season tour of Germany and Hungary.

Pardew’s squad travel to Munich for a training camp immediately after the Chemnitzer game.

Newcastle will then take on Claudio Ranieri’s Monaco in Landsberg on Monday (6pm), and the tour ends with a game against Fenerbahce at the Soprom Stadum, Soprom, Hungary, on July 21 (6pm).

Pardew will make a late decision on his goalkeeper for this evening’s game.

Last season’s Premier League ever-present Tim Krul won’t be between the posts.

Krul will join up with his team-mates during the tour after being given extra time off because of his involvement with Holland in the Euro 2012 campaign.

Instead, either long-serving Steve Harper or Rob Elliot will play.

Harper didn’t play a competitive game for Newcastle last season, while Elliot made just one appearance against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup.

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