Newcastle have tonight completed the signing of Italian international defender Davide Santon from Inter Milan.
Smiling Davide Santon with Alan Pardew after signing for Newcastle
The 20-year-old full-back has signed a five-year-deal at St. James’ Park, as reported a little earlier by Sky Sports, and will wear the number 3 shirt for Newcastle, as shown above, so he looks to be a direct replacement for the departed Jose Enrique, even though he is right footed.
This is what the Newcastle United web-site put up tonight about Davide:
Santon came up through the ranks at the San Siro, making his debut in January 2009 in the Coppa Italia quarter-final against Roma.
He made 40 appearances for Inter, helping the Nerazzuri to the Serie A title in 2008/2009 and 2009/2010, as well as the Champions League in 2009/2010.
The youngster also enjoyed a loan spell at AC Cesena during the second half of last season.
Santon, who is predominantly a left-back but can play on either side of the defence, has seven caps for Italy and made his national bow in June 2009 against Northern Ireland.
Naturally the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was delighted at the signing, and had this to say about the young Italian:
“We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle.”
“He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defense.”
“Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly.”
The flexibility Alan talks about, is that he can play in either full-back position, and maybe even anywhere across the back four, as he stands 6’2″ tall.
And this is what the youngster said after signing on tonight for the famous Magpies:
“I am really pleased to sign for Newcastle.”
“The chance to play in the Premier League and in front of 50,000 fans at St. James’ Park was too good to turn down.”
“This is an ambitious club who want to move forward and I want to help them achieve that.”
Managing Director Derek Llambias, who finally got the job done tonight, after seemingly missing out on Erik Pieters of PSV and Aly Cissokho of Lyon, also chipped in with this:
“The signing of Davide Santon is a real coup for this Club.”
“It confirms our commitment to bringing quality players whose best years are ahead of them to St. James’ Park.”
The transfer fee was not disclosed, although the rumors are that it was £5.3M
This would appear to be a great signing for Newcastle United, and even worth waiting for.
Howay The Lads!!