Report: £5m Newcastle defender attracting interest from Serie A giants

Newcastle defender Davide Santon could head back to Italy after reported interest from AC Milan.

After a dismal start to the season, Newcastle United fans were furious with the continued backing from owner Mike Ashley to manager Alan Pardew.

Yet now, the Magpies are on a superb run, winning their last four games in all competitions, which included victories over Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The defence has tightened up having conceded just one in that spell, and the emergence of Paul Dummett at left back has been a boost to Pardew and co.

However, the Welshman's performances could mean that one player may leave the club - Davide Santon.

The Italian was touted as the next Paolo Maldini during his time in Serie A with Inter Milan, but was sold to Newcastle in 2011 for just £5.3m having failed to make the grade in Italy.

Yet now, he could be handed a second bite at the San Siro cherry, with reports in Italy suggesting that AC Milan want to bring him back to Serie A.

The 23-year-old has had a stop-start career at St. James' Park so far, and his injury issues have reared their heads again, with the full back not even featuring so far this term.

The arrival of Daryl Janmaat means that Santon isn't really needed anymore, and if Milan are willing to offer the Magpies close to what they paid just over three years ago, he could well be sent back to Italy.

It's a disappointing state of affairs for Santon, who was highly rated for so long, but has seen his career stall hugely in recent years - which seems to be the big criteria for AC Milan when it comes to signing players. (See Torres, Fernando)

Maybe a return to Italy would help bring out the best in Santon, as it's unlikely that any Magpies fans would shed a tear at his departure.

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