AC Milan linked with Davide Santon after Alan Pardew's Newcastle exit

Davide Santon is back in action at Newcastle United, but Alan Pardew has left and the defender is once again being linked with Serie A giants AC Milan.

Alan Pardew’s departure at Newcastle United could have serious implications for a number of those on the books at St James’ Park.

Having spent four years at the helm on Tyneside, the vast majority of the Magpies squad were acquired by Pardew.

Italian full-back Davide Santon was among those snapped up by the previous regime, completing a switch from Inter Milan in the summer of 2011.

He was a regular in the Premier League under Pardew, with the versatile 24-year-old able to operate on the right or left of the back four.

Santon has endured injury struggles of late, though, and returned to action after eight months out in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester City.

He is now facing an uncertain future in England, with the likes of Paul Dummett emerging as established first-team performers in his absence.

There is no guarantee that the incoming boss at Newcastle, whoever that may be, will want to keep him on, with a fresh start often resulting in a mass overhaul of the playing staff.

With that in mind, transfer talk has already started.

Santon is once again being heavily linked with a return to roots in Serie A, with AC Milan reportedly keen on bringing him back to the San Siro – according to Corriere dello Sport.

A loan offer is said to be in the pipeline, with the Italy international under contract with the Magpies until 2016.

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