Newcastle United have filled the void left by the sale of Jose Enrique to Liverpool, with the signing of highly rated left-back Davide Santon from Inter Milan.
The 20-year-old defender, who came through the ranks at the Nerazzuri, swaps the San Siro for St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee and signs a five-year deal.
The Italian international, who can also operate on the right side of defence is a welcome addition to Magpies manager Alan Pardew's side, who expressed his excitement at pulling off another transfer coup.
"We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle," he confirmed. "He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defence.
"Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly."
In 40 Inter appearances, Santon won the Serie A title in 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as helping the club to the UEFA Champions League trophy under the stewardship of then manager Jose Mourinho.
But speaking about the challenge that awaits him in the north east, Santon revealed, "I am really pleased to sign for Newcastle.
"The chance to play in the Premier League and in front of 50,000 fans at St. James' Park was too good to turn down.
"This is an ambitious club who want to move forward and I want to help them achieve that."