It has now been confirmed that the much rumoured transfer of former Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon to Newcastle United is now completed.
Santon, an Italian International has signed for NUFC on a currently undisclosed fee (thought to be around £5 million). The Italian defender will wear the number 3 shirt and has signed on a five year deal.
The signing on Santon is quite a coup for Newcastle and fans should be pleased. However, this is only job half done as far as I’m concerned. We desperately need a new striker, preferable one on loan, and not Peter Crouch or Carlton Cole. It’s not like the board hasn’t seen this deadline coming – we’ve had all summer to make inroads on a striker, and to wait with less than two days left smacks of desperation.
However, I am prepared to eat my words if we get in someone better than we already have. Shola, Lovenkrands, Best, and Demba Ba hardly strike fear into opposition defenders (unless they’re Sunderland), so a loan deal for a striker should be a last resort.