Former Newcastle defender Davide Santon is believed to keen on a potential return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace having failed to set the world alight with Inter Milan.
Having started his career with the Italian giants at the age of just 14, Santon agreed to make the move to Tyneside in 2011 as part of a deal believed to have cost Mike Ashley and co. around £5.3 million.
The full-back became something on an instant cult-hero at St James’ Park after cheekily declaring that he’d “never seen a Mackem in Milan” as a pointed dig at Sunderland’s lack of European appearances shortly after arriving in the North East.
Over the next four years, Santon would go on to make 94 appearances for Newcastle, scoring one goal. He was however to leave the North East and return to Inter during the January transfer window of 2015 after losing his regular starting spot to Paul Dummett in the Magpies’ back four.
Alan Pardew has always been known as a keen admirer of Santon’s and is almost certainly open to the idea of resigning him this summer, should Inter be willing to open a dialogue with us about a possible deal.
Quite how it would leave Joel Ward’s place in the starting XI is an unknown factor as things stand, but with supporters desperate to see the club purchase players who will ensure a greater sense of strength in depth ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season, a move for an experienced top flight right-back would be widely viewed as a positive development by supporters everywhere.
With the piece attached above referencing Santon’s personal sense of intrigue in pushing a deal with Palace over the line, we could well see this story gather pace over the next week or so.
Watch this space.