We reported yesterday that Davide Santon was a target of his former club Inter-Milan, and there are now reports in Italy that move will happen, although he will go out on loan to Inter for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent singing in the summer.
Davide Santon – going out on loan
But there has been a twist in that two Premier League clubs, West Ham and West Brom also want the Italian International left-back (8 caps), who has just recovered from a long term knee injury.
It seems to make sense that he goes out on loan first so that Santon can prove both his fitness and form before a permanent move is made – since he has played just once for Newcastle this season – in the FA Cup at Leicester.
The loan deal will include an option to take Davide at the end of the season, with an agreed to transfer fee.
Since arriving from Inter in August of 2011 for £5.2M, Davide had played 94 times for Newcastle with one goal.
And with Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett both playing well in the left back position, it is thought Newcastle have enough cover at left back to allow Santon to move on.
That’s especially true with his five year contract running out at Newcastle in 18 months time – and Newcastle have shown in previous transfer windows they can be a selling club in January.
We expect Davide to move out on loan today, and it looks like it will be back to Inter-Milan.
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