Negotiations for Étienne Capoue have been somewhat frustrating for Napoli, but they may also have an eye on another Tottenham man, Jan Vertonghen.
The Azzurri are aiming to strengthen a squad that had a fantastic start to the season but has lost momentum of late.
Rafa Benitez has been promised new faces in the winter window and Napoli won the race to sign Brazilian playmaker Jorginho from Hellas Verona.
Napoli's Belgian international Dries Mertens has reportedly advised his club to try and sign Vertonghen to help strengthen a leaky defence.
Vertonghen has been struggling with an ankle injury he sustained at the start of December in Tottenham's victory over Fulham, but he has just announced that he is close to full fitness again.
There have also been rumours that Napoli are keeping tabs on Inter's wantaway midfield star Fredy Guarin, whose move to Juventus has just fallen through.
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