Napoli swoop for Spurs' Capoue to prompt Liverpool swap deal?

Daniel Agger

Napoli are set to return with a bid for Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue – suggesting that Gokhan Inler could be set for a move to Liverpool.

The Frenchman has been frozen out at White Hart Lane since Tim Sherwood replaced Andre Villas-Boas, and are reportedly willing to sell the 25-year-old for £12m.

This is despite signing him for only £9.5m from Ligue 1 side Toulouse in the summer, and his availability has caught the attention of Napoli, who are currently managed by ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

Capoue is allegedly unhappy that Spurs are pricing him out of a move away from North London, especially considering that he is now behind the likes of Moussa Dembele, Sandro, Paulinho and even youngster Nabil Bentaleb in the pecking order.

It seemed that the deal was dead when Napoli completed a swoop for Chelsea and Liverpool target Jorginho, bagging the Verona midfielder in a co-ownership deal until 2018, whilst also turning their attention to Yann M'Vila of Rubin Kazan and Lyon's Maxime Gonalons.

But their interest has been reignited by the potential swap deal involving midfielder Gokhan Inler and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. Benitez is familiar with the Danish defender, having signed the 29-year-old from Brondby for £6m in 2006, and the Spaniard now seems interested in reuniting with Agger, in a bid to form a partnership with Raul Albiol in the heart of the Napoli defence – particularly after Agger admitted earlier this season that he would leave Anfield if he wasn't going to be a first choice option in defence. While currently out injured, a medical could prove a sticking point if he were sold unless there was some leeway permitted.

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is feeling the effects of Lucas Leiva's injury, as the Brazilian will miss two months of action following an injury sustained against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Steven Gerrard has struggled in the holding midfield role, and Rodgers has subsequently been looking for another midfielder, with neither Joe Allen nor Jordan Henderson suitable to sit in front of the back four.

The deal would immediately help both teams, and allow Napoli to bring in Capoue as a replacement, allowing Spurs to cut their wage bill and trim their enormous squad. Could all three club – and ergo all three players – end up winners out of these deals?

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