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Fiorentina closing in on deals for Tottenham, Newcastle men - report

Fiorentina are working on a double Premier League swoop for Younes Kaboul and Davide Santon, according to a Florentine newspaper.

Last week the rumour mill turned out a rather silly bit of speculation - that Younes Kaboul would ‘follow in the footsteps’ of Sol Campbell and leave Tottenham Hotspur for Arsenal this summer.

The idea itself seemed to defy logic. Kaboul, 28, has struggled with fitness over the past two seasons and yet was tipped to replace outgoing Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen.

And the Frenchman didn’t allow debate on the topic to go on for long - he took to Twitter to assure Spurs fans he wouldn’t be moving to the Emirates.

But Kaboul is still out of a contract at White Hart Lane in the coming months and doesn’t look like staying.

Enter Fiorentina. The Viola were linked with the centre-back in January and appear to have followed up on initial interest.

According to La Nazione, the Tuscan outfit are close to wrapping up a deal for Kaboul - who is free to negotiate with clubs outside of England.

The veteran defender would be Fiorentina’s first signing for next season if locked down. But the Florence-based paper suggests the club are keen on doing more business in England.

Newcastle United’s Davide Santon is also reportedly of interest to coach Vincenzo Montella, who is in need of a versatile full-back.

And La Nazione has claimed that talks are already under way, with Newcastle considering a formal offer from Fiorentina at the moment.

Santon, an Inter youth product, has long been linked with a return to his homeland - having seen his Italian national team prospects fall by the wayside after moving abroad.

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