By Vittorio Campanile
Newcastle United are keen on bringing in Roma forward Bojan Krkic this summer, and are prepared to sacrifice Davide Santon in order to push through a deal, Goal.com understands.
The 21-year-old attacker struggled to adapt during his first season at the Stadio Olimpico, having arrived on a two-year contract from Barcelona in July 2011, leading to suggestions new coach Zdenek Zeman is looking to move him on.
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Roma secured Bojan, who scored seven goals in 33 Serie A appearances for the Giallorossi last season, in a £10 million transfer, but would have to pay another £22m if they wanted to retain the one-cap Spain man beyond 2012-13.
Given the expensive nature of a potential transfer and the capital club's search for a new full-back, Newcastle are willing to include Santon in a bid to further convince Roma to part with the player before the end of the summer transfer window.
The defender joined the Premier League outfit for £5m from Inter last August and, despite starting slowly at the Sports Direct Arena, eventually made 24 appearances under manager Alan Pardew, helping the side to a fifth-placed finish.
Nonetheless, the Italy Under-21 international would be happy to return to the peninsula, but only with a prestigious club, and Roma could be his next port of call if Bojan decides his future lies in England.
However, while a transfer could well be in the pipeline, Bojan is believed not to be keen on making the move as he believes he would flourish under the tutelage of Zeman - a coach renowned for his attacking philosophy.