San Siro youngster to move to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United have agreed a £5.6million fee with Inter Milan for defender Davide Santon, with the player now undergoing a medical.
The 20-year-old has snubbed a move to Roma to sign for the Magpies and will replace Jose Enrique, who moved to Liverpool, at left-back.
The Italy international has fallen out of favour at the San Siro since Jose Mourinho’s exit to Real Madrid and the form of Maicon and Christian Chivu.
Santon joined Inter as a youth team player at the age of 13 and was given his debut as an 18 year-old by Mourinho in 2009.
His early performances were so promising that the then Italian national team manager Marcello Lippi compared him to Paolo Maldini.
The Milan club have agreed to sell Santon after recruiting the Japanese international full-back, Yuto Nagatomo, on a permanent basis this summer.
Manager Alan Pardew has redoubled his attempts to push through a deal for the full-back after his bid for PSV Eindhoven’s Erik Pieters stalled.
All that is left to sign Santon is to agree on personal terms but Santon’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, is keen for the move to happen.
“At this time, there is no possibility that Santon can join Roma because the aim is Newcastle,” he said.