We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 23:56 | 8/7/16

Sunderland pull out of Santon deal

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

The 25-year-old travelled to Wearside earlier this week for contract discussions and a medical after the Black Cats agreed a £3.5m deal with the Serie A club.

However, the deal is thought to have foundered over Sunderland's wish to include a relegation clause in the contract.

"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," a Black Cats statement read.

Santon joined Inter 18 months ago, initially on loan, after four seasons and 94 appearances for Sunderland’s North East rivals Newcastle United.

He made just 11 Serie A starts for the Inter last year, with one further appearance from the bench.

In other Sunderland news, former Chelsea director of football operations Mike Forde says Sam Allardyce has the requisite qualities to be England manager.

Forde, who worked with the Black Cats' boss at Bolton before moving to Chelsea, says the FA should put "innovator" Allardyce in charge of the national team.

"I worked with a lot of managers at Chelsea and Sam could hold his own with any of them,' Forde told the Daily Mail.

"You are only ever as good as the players you have but when it comes to getting the best out of the players you have he's second to none.

"In my time at Chelsea I'd say Carlo Ancelotti was the best at that and Sam is at the same level. He has done incredibly well in whatever situation he has been in. Players really do respond to him.

"In terms of his approach, his methods, his thinking, the England job would be a perfect time for Sam and he'd be perfect for the job."

Silva to join City

21:16 | 26/5/17

Manchester City have agreed to sign Bernardo Silva from French champions Monaco.

Garlick wants to keep Dyche motivated

09:42 | 26/5/17

Burnley chairman Mike Garlick believes the club's future success will hinge on their ability to keep hold of manager Sean Dyche.

Zabaleta joins West Ham

13:43 | 26/5/17

Former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has joined West Ham on a free transfer.

New United deal for Valencia

13:52 | 26/5/17

Antonio Valencia has signed a new one year extension to remain at Manchester United until June 2019.

Conte wants total concentration

14:41 | 26/5/17

Antonio Conte has warned his players they must forget about their Premier League success if they are to complete the double by winning the FA Cup Final on Satur...

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.