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Inter Milan's Davide Santon set for West Ham United loan - sources

West Ham United have lined up a move for Inter Milan defender Davide Santon to solve their full-back problems, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Santon has flown into England for talks with West Ham and to undergo a medical.

The Hammers are in the market for a new left-back after losing Aaron Cresswell for four months with a serious knee injury.

Santon, who can play on both sides of defence, came close to joining Sunderland earlier this summer, but the move fell through after talks with the player.

However, West Ham are now ready to offer the former Newcastle man a return to the Premier League as they look to bolster their defensive options before the close of the transfer window.

Santon is expected to join West Ham on loan with a view to a permanent deal for £5 million if he impresses on loan.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic would not be drawn on Santon at his news conference on Wednesday.

"Even before Cresswell got injured, we were looking to strengthen at left-back," he said. "He's a very good player, but we were looking for backup.

"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."

Bilic did confirm striker Diafra Sakho's potential move to West Brom could be close to completion, as could the arrival of Sao Paulo forward Jonathan Calleri on a season-long loan.