It’s Official – Santon Signs On At “Ambitious” Newcastle


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!!



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123 comments so far

  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #1

    You are so quick Ed!

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #2

    “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.” let’s have 50000 fans to watch the next match @ SJP!

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  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Legend in the making!

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  • G

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Thank god, a bespoke Left Back. Lets have a striker next Pards.

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  • Andy

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Wonder if we had bought lahm to fill in for enrique at lb people would be complaining about the fact he is right footed. He is a right footed left back. There are a lot of them out there.

    Re-post from the last thread – posted it as a new one was put up

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Good job–now we need a striker. Someone small, quick, who harasses defenders and runs everything down. Fingers crossed. But expectations low.

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Great work ED

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  • Thump

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Have you seen how happy Pardew looks in this picture? I honestly believe (not think!) that it’s all Ashley causing the problems.

    Pardew is, in my opinion, on the same level as the lads on the pitch playing for the Toon – let’s get behind Pards and the lads.

    1 or 2 more Pards, we’ll be happy with that!

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  • Toon666

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Great signing!! Awesome to see a player like this come to Newcastle – so young but also proven at the highest level – a coup indeed!

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  • phoonck

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #10

    yeah! moving on now to the last day of the transfer window.. wonder who’s next to arrive at st james park for a photo session with alan pardew?! HWTL!!!

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  • toonarmy1986

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Sounds happy to be here unless it’s great propaganda from the club and the guy can’t speak a word of English lol.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Decent

    BUT WE NEED MORE howay Pardew lock fatty back in the cupboard and go nuts with the transfers! I believe in you Pardew come on!

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  • santoooooooooon

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #14

    mint singing, hence the name change!!!

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  • Toon666

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m SO SO SO SO happy we took this route instead of a Wayne Bridge style hash job!!!

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  • faustino

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #16

    @thump tbf Ian Horrocks the club photographer is a funny guy, like.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardew looks tired in the picture, lol
    And i think he knows he’s in for more in the next 26 hours 😉

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #18

    I think the end of Llambias’ quote got cut off. Here’s the full quote:

    Managing Director Derek Llambias 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 and also, who we can make a big profit on with their sell-on value.”

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #19

    great signin lets have cisse or doyle now!!!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Gotta say it’s nice to watch SSN to see who’s coming in and not going out for a change

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    @BiffBaffBoff

    We will always sell people on mate, and if we can earn big cash by doing it, then great!

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #22

    JB
    Oh dont jinx it! Remember January my friend!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #23

    @BiffBaffBoff every club does it not just us

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Happy fcuking days lads . . .just sitting here tinking we coulda signed wayne bridge makes it so much sweeter ooooh get some

    HIGH on life right now 😀

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  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #25

    WWJBD

    ha ha i know mate, just enjoying something for a change, it must be getting to me lol

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  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Santon interview coming up on SSN

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  • phoonck

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #27

    its 8pm in london now? im from singapore and i just cant sleep!! its bloody 3am now and i’m too excited to find out who’s next to take photo beside alan pardew!

    do u guys think is anyone going to take another photo/pen a deal in the next 3hrs tonight?? what do u guys think, who’s next?!

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  • YankeeToon

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Good signing. Now get Pieters and a Striker and I think we could say it was a successful transfer window with added depth and youthful talent.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Hmmm….I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to find it hard to hate on Ashley and Llambias lately.

    They do seem like starting to take it seriously and their plan is starting to look really viable.

    I have no idea how versed you guys are in football, but Santon really is a marquee signing for us.
    This guy was considered, like 18 months ago, to become one of the best left-backs in the WORLD.

    If the managements plan is to follow up with similar signings in the coming years and not just talk about it, we might well be on our way.

    If you take a step back, all of our signings and potential targets are either good players now and have the potential to be better or at least have the potential to be great.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #30

    @YankeeToon

    Think u didn’t get the memo mate, Pieters said yesterday that he’s staying at PSV for another year.
    Thats why we pounced on Santon.
    But ye, hoping for a striker now.
    Go get im Pards!

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  • toonarmyuk

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Gradel is at St Etienne for a medical, so it looks like Sochaux won’t release Maiga.

    Very very worried about our attempts for a striker! Just hope that Pardew doesnt decide to try and beat the mackems to sign Crouch. Which sane person would pay £5m for that chump, let alone the £10m being banded around!!

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #33

    JB
    Haha enjoy it for now…but dont get used to it MA loves to cover anything good in sh*t when NUFC is concerned

    Also how was the smurfs movie?

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  • Rossy G

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #34

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,,11715_7139305,00.html

    looks like Macheda on loan then………….another dissapointment.

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  • hrocks

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #35

    lads i hope im wrong but i think we have missed the strikers we want. maybe we should keep the keg dry until jan.if we splash 10m on our 5th choice striker will he fit into team how pardew and carr want him to. we need someone who compliments what we have. no point in just signing a body to keep fans happy. remember a certain mr cole playing against us for bristol.everyone said he was shit yet with the right players around him he was unstoppable. ben arfa,ba,best and the mighty shola will see us through to jan and then we will get the right man 4 the job. it will let the new lads bed in and the team shape and style develope. anything now is just a panic buy

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  • JackButler

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #36

    WWJBD

    It was 90mins of my life that I want back, kids enjoyed though plus they bloody fleeced me to cap everything off

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  • rknufc

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #37

    santon great signing

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I dont find it hard to hate MA and DL both horrible bellends who gamble with our club like its a joke for them

    There is no master plan imo if there was they would use the AC money to set the team up to push for Europe not aim for mid table

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Thump

    if it rained it’s ashley’s fault ! give him a break

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  • gmo16

    Aug 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #40

    St Etienne have signed Gradel, it’s confirmed on their site

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