Newcastle United's new director of football, Joe Kinnear, has already made an impact on the club's transfer business by ordering the Magpies to pull out of signing Dutch defender Douglas.

Sky Sports have been told that a deal was in place for the defender to join Newcastle United on a free after leaving Dutch side FC Twente, but it now appears that the move is off after Kinnear didn't want to sign the Brazilian-born centre-back.

The defender has been on Newcastle's radar for a long time and a deal was close to being finalised, with the move expected to be made official later on this week, but it now looks like there will be no move at all for Douglas.

It is reported that there was an agreement in place between Newcastle's officials and Douglas' officials, but the new director of football at St James' Park wasn't happy with the deal.

Kinnear is not a popular figure within the Newcastle ranks and his appointment came as quite a shock to all the fans.

Kinnear hasn't helped himself already by claiming he is a lot smarter than all the Geordie fans and he has already been pronouncing the player's names wrong, much like he did to Charles N'Zogbia when he managed the north-east club.

Appointed as the director of football, it is Kinnear's job to look over all transfer dealings at the club and he will have the final say on who comes and goes at the club.

With a deal close to being finalised with Douglas, Kinnear then phoned up the player's officials and told them not to come to England as the deal was off as the club are not interested in signing him anymore.

It is thought that Kinnear himself has other defensive options in mind.

 

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