Santon plugs gaps for Newcastle

30 August 2011 08:30

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew finally got his hands on a new left-back on Tuesday when Italian Davide Santon completed his move from Inter Milan to Newcastle.

The 20-year-old put pen to paper on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, understood to amount to around £5million, after flying into Tyneside for a medical in the morning.

Santon effectively replaces Spaniard Jose Enrique, whose departure for Liverpool earlier this month left Pardew with a massive hole to plug, and will wear his number three shirt.

Pardew said: "We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle. He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defence.

"Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly."

Santon, who can play in both full-back positions, made 40 appearances for Inter after emerging from the ranks, and is relishing the chance to test himself in the Barclays Premier League.

He said: "I am really pleased to sign for Newcastle. The chance to play in the Premier League and in front of 50,000 fans at St. James' Park was too good to turn down.

"This is an ambitious club who want to move forward and I want to help them achieve that."

Santon, who at one point earlier in his career, was dubbed "the new Paolo Maldini" by then Inter boss Jose Mourinho, arrived on Tyneside with something to prove after a lull following a blistering start to his career.

He has seven senior international caps, but had slipped so far down the pecking order at the San Siro that he spent the second half of last season on loan at Cesena.

Source: PA