NEWCASTLE United had a day of outgoings – but no incomings – yesterday.
The club did not make a signing in the January transfer window. But defender Davide Santon yesterday re-signed for Inter Milan on loan with a view to a £3m permanent deal.
And five fringe players joined Rangers, part-owned by Mike Ashley, before last night’s transfer deadline.
Remie Streete, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson and Kevin Mbabu headed north of the border to the Scottish Championship club.
But it was the departure of Santon which was the most controversial move of the day, with Santon’s fiancee Chloe Sanderson claimed he had been “pushed out” of United on Twitter.
Miss Sanderson later deleted a series of tweets, and 24-year-old Santon – who started his career at Inter – later insisted on Facebook that he had not been forced out of the Magpies.
“I wanted to be clear and honest, as I always have done,” said Santon.
“There has been a bit of confusion with people saying I first rejected Inter’s offer, then was forced to come here by Newcastle.
“None of that is true – I never turned down Inter.
“As the negotiations all happened on deadline day, I just asked for a couple of hours to talk about it with my family and see what they thought.
“After talking to my girlfriend and my parents, all together we decided it would be a fantastic choice, and therefore here I am ready to begin with my new No 21 jersey.”
The club’s decision to loan out Santon leaves John Carver rather short on defensive numbers.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s loan to AS Roma was made permanent earlier in the transfer window, with the deal netting the club around £5m.
Newcastle also banked more than £3m from Crystal Palace for departed manager Alan Pardew early last month.
MK Dons starlet Dele Alli, a Newcastle target, opted for a move to Spurs. The promising 18-year-old has been immediately loaned back to his former club.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the lads and getting to work with the manager. It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I’d love to play for Spurs and at White Hart Lane. It won’t be easy and I’ll have to fight for my place.”
in the team but I’ll work hard to do that.”
Stick with us, folks. There still seems to be plenty of deals in the pipeline.