Ex-Liverpool boss wants to sign Tottenham midfielder Dembele

Mousa Dembele

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele is in demand in Italy.

Tottenham's midfield options are so plentiful that Andre Villas-Boas is still trying to work out his best side.

That led to Moussa Dembele complaining last week in the Belgian press, that he is losing out down to a more defensive approach preferred by his manager.

Now the international midfielder's future could be thrown up in the air by a potential interest from Rafa Benitez' Napoli.

Italian newspaper Il Mattino is reporting that Dembele has made it onto a five-name shortlist of Benitez, which includes midfielders in France and Spain.

Napoli are well stocked in midfield but Gokhan Inler and Blerim Dzemaili have both recently been linked with exits amid the manager's determination to mix things up, especially in light of the club's 3-0 hammering at Juventus at the weekend.

Dembele, 26, has started just two of the last five games for Spurs, and was brought off at half-time in their recent defeat at Newcastle, falling out of favour since the home defeat to West Ham.

Tottenham Hotspur signed Dembele last summer for £15 million from Fulham, but it is questionable whether they would be able to turn much of a profit, if any, should they decide to sell him on.


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