Sunderland look for right-back after deal for ex-Newcastle defender Davide Santon collapses

Sunderland face a search for another right-back solution after a proposed £3million move for Davide Santon fell through at the 11th hour last night.

Saturday, 9th July 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 4:07 pm
Davide Santon

The Black Cats had been expected to confirm the capture of ex-Newcastle United defender Santon from Inter Milan yesterday after he arrived in the North East to undergo a medical.

However, Sunderland released a statement last night confirming they had ended their pursuit of the 25-year-old after a breakdown in talks with Inter. “Sunderland AFC will not be pursuing its interest in Inter Milan player Davide Santon, after negotiations between the two clubs failed to reach a positive conclusion,” said the one-line statement.

Despite reports in Italy that Santon rejected a Sunderland contract due to a wage reduction clause in the event of relegation, it is thought that the move collapsed due to issues between the two clubs.

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Sunderland have history with Inter after pulling out of a permanent move for Ricky Alvarez last summer – a dispute which arbitrators FIFA are yet to resolve to a satisfactory conclusion.

The collapse of the deal leaves Sunderland still needing to urgently address the issue of a new right-back after the departure of last season’s loanee, DeAndre Yedlin.

Santon would have provided a cost-effective solution to that area and has Premier League appearance after making almost 100 appearances for Newcastle.

However, Sunderland’s hope of bringing in a new striker have received a boost after main target Diafra Sakho submitted a transfer request at West Ham.

West Ham have been prepared to sell Sakho, but they have put any move on ice until a replacement frontman arrives – a search which has proved frustrating after Carlos Tevez became the latest potential deal to fall through.

However, the 26-year-old – absent from West Ham’s pre-season trip to America because of illness – wants his future resolved, hence his formal request to leave.

Allardyce is desperate to bring in a quality frontman to either use alongside or instead of last season’s top scorer Jermain Defoe and will have to shell out around £15m to land Sakho – which would break Sunderland’s club record transfer fee.

But Sunderland are thought to be prepared to spend big on a striker, particularly as the new television deal has significantly increased price tags so far this summer.