Sunderland squash deal to sign Davide Santon from Inter Milan

Sunderland have pulled out of a deal to sign former Newcastle defender Davide Santon from Inter Milan.

The Black Cats looked set to land the Italian, who had reportedly travelled to the north east to discuss personal terms.

But in a short statement the club said the deal for Santon - who made more than 90 appearances for Newcastle - was off.

The statement read: "Sunderland AFC will not be pursuing its interest in Inter Milan player Davide Santon, after negotiations between the two clubs failed to reach a positive conclusion."