Watford have announced that their pursuit of Davide Santon is now ‘dead’.

The club’s owner Gino Pozzo has declared ‘I did not see much enthusiasm in the boy’.

Little wonder as the former Newcastle defender returned to his childhood club, with dreams of once again playing Champions League football and playing for his country.

However, Inter boss Roberto Mancini last week declared that Santon was surplus to requirements and up for sale, as the Serie A club already have too many players and are hoping to bring even more in during this summer window.

No doubt Inter were in line for a quick profit from Watford, having paid less than £3m to bring Davide Santon back to Milan, the price at least in part due to the full-back only having one year left on his then NUFC deal.

Where this now leaves Davide Santon is anybody’s guess, although as far as Gino Pozzo is concerned, Watford have given up on it:

“There is no breakthrough to bring Santon to our club, in fact I can say that the deal is now dead and there are no longer the conditions to continue.

“I did not see much enthusiasm in the boy, despite all the time that we gave to evaluate the situation.”