Report: Crystal Palace, West Ham battling to sign Inter defender Davide Santon

Inter Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Inter Milan full back Davide Santon is reportedly being targeted by Crystal Palace and West Ham.

According to Calcio Mercato, relaying reports from Italian TV channel Gazzetta TV, Inter Milan full back Davide Santon is attracting interest from Premier League sides Crystal Palace and West Ham United.

Santon, 24, initially joined Inter from Ravenna at the age of just 14, and was tipped to become the next great Italian defender whilst making his way up through the ranks at the San Siro.

After a loan deal with Cesena, Santon was surprisingly sold to Premier League outfit Newcastle United in 2011, but once again he failed to live up to that potential.

In a shock move, Inter re-signed Santon in January, and whilst he has started nine of Inter's 14 Serie A games this season, a January departure may be a possibility.

Calcio Mercato, citing reports from Italian TV station Gazzetta TV, state that two Premier League clubs are looking to bring Santon back to English football, with Crystal Palace and West Ham both interested.

Palace boss Alan Pardew signed and work alongside Santon at Newcastle, so a reunion could be appealing to the Eagles as they look to add more quality to their squad in the January transfer market.

Meanwhile, West Ham may be looking for other right backs due to the poor recent form of loan defender Carl Jenkinson, and Santon would fit the bill given that the Hammers have recently been shopping in Italy.

Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang left Juventus and Sampdoria respectively in order to join the Upton Park club, and Slaven Bilic's men may look to the Italian market once again in order to land Santon in January, if reports from Italy are to be believed.

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