Newcastle Transfer News: Twente Duo Could Be Headed for Tyneside

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 26:  Luuk de Jong of Twente looks on during the Eredivisie match between FC Twente and FC Utrecht at De Grolsch Veste Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Enschede, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Who knew Steve McLaren could actually benefit English football?

That is what the manager of FC Twente is about to do if he lets defender Douglas and forward Luuk de Jong head to Newcastle United.

The Daily Mail notes that both players could belong to the Magpies very soon.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew freed up space on the roster the other day, as Leon Best was allowed to join Blackburn Rovers.

The money that Newcastle will get from the Best transfer will most likely go towards the purchase of the Twente duo.

Douglas, 24, is a Brazilian-born defender who holds a Dutch passport has been on the Eredivisie side since 2007 and has made over 100 appearances for the club.

The defender has made himself eligible for the Dutch national team by gaining a Dutch passport, but he can still play for Brazil if he wants as he has not earned a call-up to either national side.

On the other hand, de Jong has not only been a target of the Magpies but also of Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany, according to ESPN Soccernet.

De Jong, 21, had a career season in his third year at the Dutch club as he scored 32 goals in all competitions, 25 of them came in the Eredivisie.

Many people believe the top scorer in the Dutch top flight is ready for a bigger challenge and a transfer to the Premier League may be just what he needs.

Both players will be needed additions to the depth that the Magpies roster will need as they will face more fixtures this season as they qualified for the Europa League as well as both cup competitions in England and the Premier League on the fixture list.