Four years after leaving the San Siro, the 24-year-old full-back returned to Inter on loan, and is set to sign on a permanent deal in the summer.
Despite starting his career on Tyneside in impressive fashion - and making just under 100 appearances for the Magpies - this current season had seen Santon play just one game before agreeing the return to Italy.
A move away from St James’ Park was expected heading into the closing days of the transfer window, and as soon as Inter presented an offer it was almost a certainty that the eight-capped international would return to San Siro.
Without naming any clubs, Contratto admitted that there were ‘two or three’ offers made for the full-back, although Internazionale always had the upper hand, due to the former club ties.
Quoted by SempreInter, the agent said: “Inter were not the only ones. In the Premier League there were two or three possibilities for him, but he was always going to choose Inter.
“He was very excited by the idea of returning to where he grew up as a player. Inter are delighted to have completed this deal and so is Davide.”
Although only completing a loan deal away from Newcastle, there is almost no doubt that his career at St James’ Park is over, and it would come as no surprise to see Inter take up the option to purchase Santon in the summer on a permanent basis.