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Davide Santon signs with Inter Milan

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The Italian fullback returns to his boyhood club on loan.

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Another deal is done and dusted: Davide Santon is leaving Newcastle, returning to Italian side Inter Milan on loan with an option to buy in the summer.

The Inter academy product has had a mixed career in England, joining Newcastle in 2011 as one of the brightest young Italian stars around. Injuries, inconsistencies, and occasional bad teams have hampered his development, and at 24 his name doesn't conjure quite the same hopeful reaction it once did. He's still a pretty good fullback, though, and given his ability to play either side, he should see plenty of playing time under Roberto Mancini.

Santon fell deeply out of favor this season with Alan Pardew, and life hasn't been any better under Pardew's successor John Carver. Santon has made just one senior squad appearance all season long, and despite being willing to stay and fight for his place, Santon was essentially told that he could either leave or keep rotting with the reserves. Inter may not be the shining bastion of stability and success that it once was, but it's certainly a far better situation for Santon than Newcastle is right now. Perhaps now we'll see him start to realize his potential and become something like the player we all hoped he could be.