Davide Santon is on his way back to Italy and more specifically, Inter Milan, according to Sportitalia.

Various Italian media have reported today that negotiations were taking place between Newcastle and Santon’s former club.

However, tonight Sportitalia have stated that their sources tell them that a loan deal until the end of the season has been agreed.

Similar to Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s loan turned permanent deal to AS Roma, they claim that part of the deal includes a clause that triggers a permanent move for just over £3m, if Davide Santon plays 13 times in the remaining games this season.

The medical is said to be taking place tomorrow to get the deal completed inside the transfer window. Paul Dummett has been first choice for most of the season and despite John Carver stating that Santon was fully fit, he preferred Massadio Haidara at Hull with the Italian full-back only on the bench.

***Further reports have claimed that Newcastle are attempting to insist on the selling clause being activated after only eight appearances.

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  • Cornflake

    Figured as much, but again…now two defenders off the books, but chances are nobody is going to replace.  He isn’t a player that we need back there right now, we need some stability.  But of course, we seem to hate doing any kind of business other than selling in this window.

  • jpcloli

    I understand letting him go, but 3 million?! I thought our owner/chairman was known for buying cheap selling high? If I remember correctly this is just over half of what we paid for him. He certainly isn’t someone who has been a flop, so why would we let him go so cheap?

  • DownUnderMag

    Fire sale beginning?  Two defenders gone from a painfully weak back line anyway.  No sign of any of the younger players like Strete, Good, Satka etc getting even a sniff.  Oh happy days!

    And they dare say this season isn’t being written off??  Yeah right!  Limp through to safety, see who else we can sell in the summer before getting relegated and sold off as Ashley walks away with plenty in his back pocket and the club left in disarray??  Can’t help but feel this is a more likely scenario than most are willing to admit!

  • Mike52

    Sad to see him go but such a good player behind two established left backs this year seems to make sense, however getting him off the wages book is one thing, giving him away for 3 mil is not good business sense, hard to believe Ash will sanction that!

  • Robby Bobson

    Theres

  • Mal44

    Blimey. We got more than that for Pardew. I agree with your point about the CB. Would be great but, as you say, it won’t happen

  • Nicolaus Copernicus

    Sorry to see him go. All in all, he did a fine job for us. Probably better too for his own prospects for him to move back to Inter.

  • NUFC9

    Can understand letting a LB go as we have three of them plus utility players such as Raylor and Colback who could cover in an emergency.  What p***es me of is that when we do sell off players we no longer need, we should be getting rid of the dead wood and keeping the best ones, not trying to get rid of the ones that are on the highest wages or are at risk of losing resale value because their contracts are getting towards the final year.
    Selling Santon would only make any sense if he has made it clear he will not sign a new deal.  Even if that is the case, £3m looks cheap.

  • reedboy09

    People saying they can understand the club letting him go must be crazy. He’s been injured for a long time and when fully match fit he is by far our best LB but is also equally adept at RB. If the stated fee is true then it’s a terrible transfer for us. First Pardew(most wanted that though) then MYM and now Santon, smells like asset stripping to me.