Liverpool defender target emerges on Toon radar - reports

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Liverpool face competition from Newcastle United in the race to sign Italian full-back Davide Santon.

The 20-year-old defender has been linked with a handful of Barclays Premier League clubs this summer, with Italian source confirming strong interest in the player is coming from England.

Reports in The Daily Mirror claim Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has set his sights on the youngster, a potential replacement for Spanish left back Jose Enrique.

The report goes on to claim that the Magpies have come closest to 'striking a deal' for the player, with Newcastle United looking to bring one of Italy's brightest talents to St. James' Park.

With claims that Inter are willing to negotiate, Liverpool could once again come to the table for the highly-rated Italian international, despite the addition of Enrique in the position already during the transfer window.

Santon's versatility means he can play on either flank, with the attacking defender impressing in Serie 'A' on loan at Cesena at the end of last term.


His future at the San Siro was cast into doubt after the move though, and Kenny Dalglish is now one of the managers thought to be considering a move in the closing stages of the window.

Liverpool have already spent big this summer, with Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Alexander Doni arriving at Anfield ahead of the current campaign.

However, Dalglish previously admitted pressure from the top to make more signings, and Santo could potentially be the final act of a busy period for Liverpool as September arrives.

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