Newcastle United will be offered AC Milan defender Kevin Constant

Ghana international could come to Tyneside with Davide Santon heading in the opposite direction

Kevin Constant of AC Milan
Kevin Constant of AC Milan

Newcastle United are set to be offered Ghana defender Kevin Constant as AC Milan try to find a way to finally sign Davide Santon.

The Italian side have been long-time admirers of former Internazionale full-back Santon, but he has always been out of their price range. Even though Santon has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park, his £6.5m valuation could still be out of the Rossoneri’s reach. The solution could be a deal which sees Ghana left-back Constant move to Newcastle this summer.

The deal is likely to appeal to Constant, but whether the Magpies will be as enthusiastic is unclear.

Alan Pardew promoted Paul Dummett in the second half of last season, and the-year-old was handed a six-year contract.

The academy product could be in line to make his international debut on June 4 after being named in the Wales squad to face the Netherlands in Amsterdam for a World Cup warm-up match.

With the admittedly injury-prone Massadio Haidara also available as well as having Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who can also play there, Newcastle feel their priorities lie elsewhere, albeit that Constant can play on the left of midfield too.

Constant will almost certainly be interested in leaving Milan, where his peformances were criticised last season. More alarmingly, he suffered racial abuse, having bananas and even a knife thrown at him by Atalanta supporters. Newcastle could make an £8million bid for Romanian centre-back Stefan Radu, who plays for Lazio.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur from the Premier League have been linked with a move for the player. There is also interest from Serie A with Fiorentina.

Meanwhile, Moussa Sissoko has insisted he is “happy” at Newcastle United – and wants to help the Magpies push for Europe again.

The French midfielder’s future was thrown into doubt this week after some quotes from his agent surfaced, where he hinted that Sissoko was open to a possible transfer away from St James’s Park.

But the 24-year-old, preparing with the French national team for the World Cup, has reiterated his desire to stay on Tyneside.

Sissoko said: “I’m happy here and happy to play for Newcastle.

“I will go to the World Cup and then come back ready for the new season.”

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