By Tom Blackburn

Davide Santon has passed the first past of a West Ham medical as he puts the finishing touches to a loan-to-buy move to the club, according to a report.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the left-back was flying in for a medical as the Hammers searched for back-up to cover the injured Aaron Cresswell.

Sky Sports claimed on Thursday afternoon that Santon was undergoing the second part of his medical tests as he prepares to replace Cresswell, who has been ruled out for four months.

It is said that the Hammers have offered a loan fee of £460,000 for the versatile full-back with an obligation to buy him permanently at the end of the campaign for £5million.

Santon, 25, has wide experience of the Premier League after spending four years at Newcastle from 2011 to 2015.

The Italy international joined Inter initially on loan in January 2015 before completing a permanent move to the Serie A club last summer.

Slaven Bilic is keen to secure a left-back signing in time for the opening day of the Premier League season in just under two weeks time against Chelsea.

Cresswell was a key player last year in an outstanding season for West Ham, who defied the odds to finish seventh in the Premier League and guarantee European football for this campaign.

In other West Ham news, Bilic has shared how West Ham will land big-name targets.