Former Newcastle full-back was set to sign for Sam Allardyce and Sunderland, only for a dramatic late collapse of the deal.

Widespread reporting claimed that a deal for around £3m had been agreed between Inter Milan and the Mackems, with only personal terms and the defender’s medical due to be signed off.

When news of the failure to complete the transfer came through, at the Italian end the media have claimed that the sticking point was that Sunderland had demanded that Davide Santon had to sign up to a pay cut if (when?) Sunderland are relegated.

The one-time Newcastle United player refusing to put himself at that risk.

However, Sunderland have reacted to the claims from Italy by releasing their own very short official statement, claiming that the sticking point was due to some issue between the two clubs, rather than anything directly with the player.

Sunderland Official Statement:

‘Sunderland AFC will not be pursuing its interest in Inter Milan player Davide Santon, after negotiations between the two clubs failed to reach a positive conclusion.’

I think I know what version I would believe, considering Sam Allardyce was clearly interested in signing Santon and Inter are desperate to offload him.