Inter Milan Transfer News: Davide Santon to Head to Newcastle

Adrian Agius@@agius2nvAnalyst IAugust 30, 2011

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 03:  Davide Santon of Inter  in action during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 3, 2010 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Highly rated Italian youngster Davide Santon looks set to make a move to the English Premier League after undergoing a medical at Newcastle United. The deal comes after Inter acquired the services of the Brazilian fullback Jonathan, who looks set to compete with Santon for a starting position.

According to Goal.com, Newcastle United are looking to fill the gap left after the departure of Jose Enrique to Liverpool. Newcastle were in talks with PSV defender Erik Pieters prior to the move for Santon and were desperate to fill the void.

Santon is just 20 years old and has already attracted much attention, with many people comparing him to the like of Paolo Maldini.

The €5.7 million price tag associated with Davide Santon equates roughly to that brought in by the sale of Enrique, and there is no doubt that Santon will be able to cope with the pressures of the EPL (already proving himself in testing times at Inter).

Rumours about a move surfaced after his agent was questioned about a possible move to rival Serie A side Roma.

In the interview Santon's agent said, "At this time, there is no possibility that Santon can join Roma because right now the aim is Newcastle."

The versatile wing back can play on either side of the defensive line, has a burst of pace and also has a stinging shot from the dead-ball situation. For Santon, it is the right move for a player who will not flourish if he continually finds himself on Inter's bench.

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