Another day and another left-back linked with joining the club. This time it’s the turn of Inter Milan’s Davide Santon to been linked with a move to the North-East.
The Daily Mail and Evening Chronicle ran this story late last night and even claimed that the Magpies had agreed a £5 million deal for Santon.
The Mail also continues by stating that Alan Pardew has turned to Davide Santon as it seems that the potential transfer of Erik Pieters has hit a stumbling block. How true this story is I’m not so sure but if Santon does indeed come to Newcastle then we have the added bonus that he can play at either left-back or right-back which would give us cover in two positions that we don’t have many players for.
Earlier this morning there were comments from Santon’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, stating: “At this time there is no possibility that Santon can join Roma because right now the aim is Newcastle.”
Reports in Italy have also suggested that Santon is on his way to Newcastle. These reports make me trust the story a little bit more and at the moment everything seems to point towards this deal happening.
Santon is an attacking full back who, as mentioned earlier, can play on either of the flanks. He made his first appearance for Inter Milan in the 2009-10 season against Parma and has since gone on to make forty appearances for the club. Santon left Inter Milan at the end of January 2011 transfer window joining Cesena on loan in a move that saw Yuto Nagatomo join Inter Milan in exchange. The Italian international made eleven appearances for Cesena during his loan spell.
I’m not sure what to make of this story but is becoming increasingly clear that the deal for Erik Pieters is not going ahead. The player himself expected to be on the bench for the Fulham game but that was not the case. It seems as if the clubs have not agreed a fee that is suitable for Pieters and that is why we may not see him brought in before the transfer window closes in two days time.
Santon does look like an exciting prospect from the videos that I have seen on YouTube so I thought it would be right to include one for you all to watch.
Who knows if this deal will happen? You certainly never can be sure when you support Newcastle United and they’ve pulled a few rabbits out of the hat before. Could this be another one?
What do you think?