Medical booked: 25-year-old flies in to England to finalise West Ham move - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Davide Santon has flown to London to undergo a West Ham medical and finalise a move to the club, according to a report.
ESPN FC claim the Inter Milan left-back will discuss terms with the Hammers as he puts the finishing touches to the transfer.
This comes as West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted that his “priority” is to sign a new left-back following the injury that will sideline Aaron Cresswell for four months.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website on Tuesday night that West Ham were in talks with Inter about signing Santon on a loan-to-buy deal.
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.
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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.
Speaking on Wednesday morning, Bilic gave an update on the club’s left-back search.
“Even before Cresswell got injured we were looking to strengthen at left-back,” Bilic said, as quoted by the official West Ham Twitter account. “He’s a very good player but we were looking for back-up.
“We are not the only team looking for a left-back, and it’s hard to find a good one we like and who is willing to come. It’s now a priority.”
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 transfer news, they are lining up a £7million bid for a prolific attacker.