Leeds United make bid for Dexter Blackstock

Sky Sports News sources have reported that Leeds have made a bid for Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock.

This comes after a period of rumours regarding a transfer to Leeds.

Blackstock, who has 32 goals in 99 games for Nottingham Forest, remains in the plans of new manager Alex Mcleish, who hopes to retain him. This led to a dismissal of rumours several days ago. However, with Blackstock’s contract running out at the end of the season, Forest might be tempted to cash in on the striker, lest they lose him for nothing in June.

This also correlates with Warnock’s desire to bring in a striker to provide competition for Becchio, especially one with experience at this level.

Sources place the level of the bid between £7-800,000.

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Newcastle United: Douglas Made Available by FC Twente

Douglas, the Brazilian/Dutch centre back that Newcastle were heavily linked to in the summer, has been made available by FC Twente, according to Dutch sources. Voetbal International has today said that FC Twente are willing to work with other clubs to carry out the transfer of Douglas.

Where a bid of several million was required in the summer, this is likely no longer the case, with Douglas’s deal set to expire at the end of the season. Given Newcastle’s shortages in the middle of defence, it would make sense for Newcastle to press home with their interest for the 6’4″ player.

Douglas was nominated for the UEFA team of the year in 2010.

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