David Santon To Leave Newcastle In January?

There is a report on the Italian web-site Calcio Mercato, that Roma manager Zdenek Zeman is preparing a £6.5M bid for Newcastle’s top Italian International full-back Davide Santon in January.

Davide Santon – Roma interested again

Davide has been one of the star men for Newcastle this season, and he was only recently recalled to the full Italian squad, and he’s finding his top form playing for the Magpies, and on Sunday he was our Man of the Match in the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

But the Roma manager has been keen on the 21 year-old for a while now, and there were reports in the summer that Roma had contacted Newcastle about doing a deal for the 7 times capped Italian, but they were given no encouragement by Newcastle.

Davide is a versatile player and is equally at home in either full-back position, but Newcastle would be crazy to let this player leave the club, even though it would be around a £1.5M profit on him in just 18 months.

But Newcastle are struggling at the moment, and it makes no sense to sell one of our best players, and further weaken the side.

Indeed, we are hoping that Mike Ashley will open up the check book in January, and bring some new players into the squad, since the squad has been decimated this season by injury, and in the main that’s been due to the extra European games telling on a small squad.

But Santon has said many times that he is very happy on Tyneside, and of course he also has a Geordie girlfriend, and he’s in no hurry to leave Newcastle, and the lad also has an excellent working relationship with manager Alan Pardew, who he thinks is a top coach.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Roma do come in for Santon in January, but they’ll have to pay an awful lot more than £6.5M  – they’d have to pay out silly money – if Mike Ashley was to ever agree to sell the top youngster.

We don’t think Davide is going anywhere, any time soon from Newcastle.

What do you think?

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27 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Those cultural snobs can’t believe he’s happy living in Newcastle, when he could live in Rome.

    Hang on. Neither do I. He’s off!

  • ginkoh

    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s one of our best. With 6.5M ? You can get Ranger.

    It will be end of the world if we let Santon leave and Give 5 yrs new contract to Simmo.

  • Vex

    Nov 27, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Doubtful, he says he’s happy, has settled down, has a gf here, and I doubt she’d want to move to Italy.

  • chris_g

    Nov 27, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, I wish you’d stop doing this. You keep putting up dodgy articles like this, quoting foreign websites like Calcio Mercato as your source, as if that gives the story a bit more credibility. You often include a link to the home page of the website in question (as you have done in this article) but you NEVER put a link to any article which supports your story. Why is that, I wonder?

    It’s fairly obvious that you have picked up this “story” from an article put up by nufcfans.co.uk a few hours ago. They quoted Calcio Mercato as being their source, so you have simply quoted it as being yours. But if you had bothered to check out the Calcio Mercato website for yourself, you would have discovered that there is NO current story linking Santon with Roma or anybody else, and certainly no mention of a £6.5M bid.

  • 89Norcal

    Nov 27, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #5

    @chris_g, Ed is only informing on speculation. Santon-to-Roma has received a fair bit of media coverage or at least enough to separate it from outright bogus fabrications by fans to troll.

    It may be heresay but that’s what transfer rumors are made of afterall. Surprise transfers do happen.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Chris_g Just complains about everything we writes. It’s his only contribution to the blog.

    If people want only official stories read the official nufc website.

    If, as 99% of people here do, you want the rumour and speculation as well as team news, read this fantastic site.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Transfer and Jesper- good morning to you both .
    Quite right . Ed does a great job. Some people just like to moan. Santon and Coloccini plus two additions in January and we’ll have a solid technically sound defence. Yippee .

  • Grafton83

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #8


    chris_g actually if you’d bothered to check you’d see it’s one of the main stories on thier homepage. I think you owe Ed an apology.

  • check the toastie

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #9

    So looking forward to January’s Transfer Window –

    OUT – BenArfa, Santon, Cabaye, Cisse
    IN – Carlton Cole, Alan Hutton, Kevin Dillon, Any other big Target Man.

    This club is turning into shit, all Pardews fault. Totally clueless.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #10

    RIP speedo gone but never forgotten

  • Grafton83

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I think the club is fine, we hit a bad patch of form so what.

    Our squad could use a few new players, that’s the same as anywhere else. Carr will find some gems soon and I’m sure they’ll be some movement in January.

    The only real problem is our style of play/tactics/formation which isn’t that difficult to fix if your manager is clever enough and I think he just about is. It seeems obvious to me that there is much room for improvement there, hopefully he’ll sort it out soon otherwise 8 year contract or not I don’t think Ashley would accept us slipping into a relegation fight.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #12

    See what I mean . Some people just like to moan. Have a fun packed day .

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Aye who’d want to live a millionaires lifestyle in italy 😉
    But yeah i dont think he’s going anywhere the lad seems really happy here and has come on massivly since joining and is improving every game by far for me our player of the season so far and is constantly singing the praises of the club and….wait for it……pardew!

    Chris g
    Did you used to work for IBM? Did ed sack you or something? You seem to of made it a hobby to only come on to question his writing style and his sources

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #14

    soundaid and Portslade Toon – Excellent posts. We can do with
    more positivity which will take us forward for the battle ahead. Let’s get real.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 27, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #15

    soundoid sorry.

  • terencelim

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #16

    @chris_g It would be easier for you to stop reading Ed’s blog, rather than demanding him to stop blogging.

    He’s just doing his job. Like every human being he can’t make everyone happy.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #17

    more chance an pardew going before him
    exp at that price

  • check the toastie

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Bargain for 6.5million in my mind, always been good, didnt understand last year when Pardew was keeping him out of the side, obviously Pardew lovers would disagree.

    He is such a Rolls Royce of a player.

    No Danny Simpson though. One of the mysteries of all time why he is still getting a game, clrealy doesnt give a shit as he is in a contract dispute and will soon be leaving. Get Tavernier he is the future.

  • check the toastie

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Pardews Team for Stoke, you seen it here first.

    Simpleson Willo Collo Santon
    Anita Perch Tiote Jonas
    Ba Cisse

    The most defensive static midfield in the history of the premier league, and yes you got it 442, with Ba playing that ‘false 10’ role he is so adept at.

    What a laugh the manager is, he is taking us down, only Cabaye and Benny can save us.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Good morning folks.

    What’s the crack?

    Great to see some positivity on the blog again. good job guys. Some are saying that this season proves what they have thought all along, but I just want to say, it hasn’t yet. Jump on your bandwagon, shout from your rooftops, do what you like, a lot of fans still have faith. That isn’t to say we’re right, we can’t know that now, but this shows the club hitting a rough patch for now, be concerned, but this mass panic and doomsday stuff is hysteria. I am willing to chnage my tune down the line, but there is still some way to go.

    Talking of doomsday…..Hello Prophet. How will you be spending your final days on the blog? Who does “he” want you to spread his message through this Newcastle blog? Is it the end of the world or the world as we know it? Hope you’re well.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #21

    Check….Do you think tav is already better than Simmo as an all round player? I would say he has got the potential, but wouln’t say he’s ready yet. When he has played he’s shown glimpses of the player he can be, but nowhere near a games worth. Do you think Simmo is so bad that it’s worth just using Tav regardless of whether he’s ready or not, in a view to bring him along quicker?

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Morning Ibiza

    Positivity?! No, there will be no such thing on this blog. Pardew will get us relegated to the blue square bet league, we are going to fielda team full of 11 defenders, and the world is going to end on Saturday apparently.

    Not much to be happy about now is there.
    Apologise and start negging .

  • Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner)

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #23

    Santon Willo colo jonas
    Perch tiote
    Marveaux sammy fergie

    Or something like that.

  • Slank

    Nov 27, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #24

    Chris @ 4

    I bet there are fans of Ajax and Marseilles today writing on their respective blogs quoting this blog and complaining about moneybags Newcastle United stealing their players eg Miralem Sulejmani and Loic Remy respectively.

    We have some very good players (and some rubbish ones!) who will attract the attention of other clubs but nearly all clubs are in this situation. Clubs in mainland Europe have an added difficulty in that Premiership clubs like ourselves pay much higher wages and can tempt (some say steal) players away from their clubs.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #25

    I wonder if the answer is under our noses all the time. I’d love to see Beardo my favourite all time player given a go. We’d see some cracking passing and moving football. No route 1 in a 442 with players out of position and demotivated. Hughton should have given him a chance as number 2 instead of that dinosaur calderwood. Cue abuse from the inbetweener wannabes
    and patronising know it alls.

    Fight the fight real Catchy.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #26

    Wizard….I have been an Ashley and a Pardew apologist (or at least called one), but I will never apologise for being positive. I may be wrong and will acknowledge that as and when, but I wont apologise for being positive, it just doesn’t make sense…to me at least.

    Soundoid wrote a nice comment about his first ever game, the day he fell in love with the toon….that’s why we’re all here, because we love the club. I get people are unhappy, we all are, but ffs, is some of this not a little extreme?

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #27

    If Sammy and Fergie start at Stoke I won’t be able to bear to watch.

    Good young players worthy of the occasional cameo in EPL games that are already won. That’s fine, but not the hurly burly of battle against hardened pro’s on a Wednesday night at the Brittania Stadium. They’re more likely to start greetin’ than contribute to a competitive Toon performance.

    Simpson Willo Colo Santon

    Anita Tiote
    Jonas Ba

    Might just jag a point, if we get stuck in and carry some luck.


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