Why Newcastle let Davide Santon leave and didn’t replace him

  • Italian’s contract situation led to exit

NEWCASTLE United have revealed why they let Davide Santon leave the club.

The Italian defender was allowed to join Inter Milan on loan in the January transfer window with a permanent deal set to be finalised in the summer.

BACK IN MILAN ... Santon.

BACK IN MILAN ... Santon.

At the latest fan’s forum, managing director Lee Charnley and the board revealed they let Santon leave as he only had 18 months left on his contract, and they felt they wouldn’t get as good a deal in the summer.

In minutes from the forum, Newcastle said: “In relation to Davide Santon, with the player having only a year of his contract remaining in the summer, a decision had to be made with regard to his future and the board accepted a loan deal which it did not feel would still be there in the summer window.”

Santon’s departure, along with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s making his loan move to Roma permanent, has left Newcastle short on defensive options this season.

Steven Taylor picked up an Achilles injury in January, but Newcastle still decided not to strengthen their squad, a decision which backfired when Paul Dummett was ruled out for three months through injury.

The club continues to assess its squad with a view to the summer transfer window.

However, the club has defended its decision not to sign anyone in the transfer window, and say their policy will be to recruit in the summer and not January.

The minutes added: “The board explained that January is a very challenging market for clubs. The overall aim is to improve the squad and the club will only move for a player if it is felt they can help to achieve that on a longer-term basis.

“The club continues to assess its squad with a view to the summer transfer window.

“The board’s aim is to complete its recruitment for the season ahead each summer on the basis it will likely do little or no business in the January window.”