Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russians Join the Race for Douglas; United Target May Head East

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russians Join the Race for Douglas; United Target May Head East

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Byline: Mark Douglas

NEWCASTLE United target Douglas is the subject of a big-money offer from Russia - potentially dashing the Magpies' hopes of signing him at the end of August.

As revealed in The Journal yesterday, United are mothballing attempts to sign the defender until the end of the transfer window after he indicated he would prefer to wait to decide his future.

But they may be gazumped by interest from the East, with FC Twente receiving an offer from an unnamed Russian club on Wednesday.

United are waiting for the resolution of several key deals before moving onto other targets after refusing to pay Twente's pounds 15million price tag for Holland striker Luuk de Jong.

He has been the subject of a bid from Borussia M|nchengladbach and officials from the Bundesliga club were on their way to Holland to discuss the transfer yesterday afternoon.

That comes as a major blow to United, who had seen De Jong as the perfect addition to their squad but did not want to meet what they believed was an unreasonable valuation of the striker. …

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