Crossing the line between Newcastle and Sunderland is rarely a good idea, though several have tried.
The likes of Lee Clark, Michael Bridges and Shay Given have been on the books of both, while just last summer Jack Colback swapped Sunderland for Newcastle only to suffer relegation at the end of the season.
The latest player to complete the double is former Magpie Davide Santon, who is set to sign for Sam Allardyce’s side within the next few days.
The Northern Echo are reporting that Sunderland have agreed a fee of £3m with Inter for the former Italian international, who has flown to Wearside to undergo a medical having already agreed personal terms.
Crystal Palace have also been in discussions for the 25 year old, but Sunderland have seemingly stolen a march on their Premier League rivals.
That said, this transfer is by no means a done deal, as Santon is not guaranteed to pass his medical. He has a chronic knee issue – a problem which kept him sidelined for much of last season – and Sunderland are likely to put the defender through stringent tests to make sure there are no complications.
Once compared to a young Paolo Maldini, Santon has never really lived up to his promise. He signed for Newcastle for £5.3m in 2011, and while he made almost 100 appearances across three and a half years at St. James’ Park, he was sent back to Inter having lost his place at left back to Paul Dummett.
Despite playing at left back for much of his Newcastle career, the report states that Sam Allardyce sees right back as his best position.
Once the transfer is complete, Allardyce is likely to end his pursuit of Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin. The American international spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light but the signing of Santon will mean that Sunderland are well stocked in that department.