Newcastle United have set the ball rolling over the protracted signing of FC Twente defender Douglas, by reportedly making an opening bid of €4 million.
According to the Guardian, the Magpies have started negotiations, after it was rumoured that a number of other clubs including Premier League rivals Fulham and West Ham, were preparing to enter the battle for the 24 year-old.
It is understood that Newcastle scouts have been monitoring Douglas for a number of months, as Toon boss Alan Pardew looks to bolster his defence this summer with the signing of the the Brazilian-born stopper.
Douglas has been linked with a move away from Steve McClaren's Twente side after yet another impressive season in the Netherlands.
The robust centre-half has been lauded for his physical presence and stong ability on the ball, attributes which will no doubt place him in good stead for life in the Premier League and talents which Pardew is believed to be keen on matching with Newcastle stalwart Fabricio Coloccini.
News of Newcastle's attempts to sign Douglas come in a week where they are appearing to ramp up their pursuit of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy and following rumours of interest in former striker Andy Carroll.