Report: Alan Pardew wants reunion with ex-Newcastle defender Davide Santon, as Crystal Palace prepare offer

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Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on signing former Newcastle man Santon.

Santon left Newcastle in January, joining Internazionale of Italy, but he could already be set for a return to England, as TMW claim that Palace want to sign him.

Santon, 24, arrived at St James’ Park in 2011, early in Alan Pardew’s reign as manager. The eight-capped Italian international was a key player in his early stay at the club, helping them to a fifth place finish in 2012, although he slowly fell out of favour and made just one appearance for the Magpies in the 2014/15 campaign before leaving the club.

He signed for Inter, playing 14 games in the second half of the season, having joint his boyhood club on loan, with an obligation to buy him this summer.

Despite him officially only signing for the club in the coming weeks, Palace already want to bring him back to England, with Pardew keen to reunite with his former defender.

Santon would improve a position in the Palace squad which has shown to be a weakness in recent years, with Martin Kelly and Joel Ward featuring at right-back last term. Ward impressed, but the lack of cover is evident, and signing a natural right-sided defender will be of vital importance this summer.

Santon is not the first of Pardew’s former Newcastle players to be linked with a move to Selhurst Park, with Yohan Cabaye said to be interesting the Eagles, as per London24.

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