Tuesday August 30 2011
Official: Santon joins Newcastle

Davide Santon has officially completed his move to Newcastle United with a five-year contract. “It was too good to turn down.”

The Inter defender, who can play as left-back or right-back as well as on both wings, put pen to paper this evening at St. James' Park for “an undisclosed fee” and will wear the number 3 shirt.

“We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle,” manager Alan Pardew told

“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.”

Once nicknamed ‘the new Paolo Maldini,' Santon leapt to fame at Inter as an 18-year-old and has seven senior caps for Italy, even though he has now returned to the Under-21 squad.

Pushed to the sidelines at Inter by a series of injuries and competition for places, he spent the last six months on loan at Cesena.

“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,” said 20-year-old Santon.

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

The official Newcastle United website dedicated a large page to their new Italian arrival.

Managing director Derek Llambias said:

“The signing of Davide Santon is a real coup for this club,” added managing director Derek Llambias.

“It confirms our commitment to bringing quality players whose best years are ahead of them to St. James' Park.”

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