Ex-West Ham man Behrami set to sign for Inter

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Former West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami is close to completing a move to Inter from Napoli for a fee of just under £5m.

Inter's summer transfer campaign is underway and they are set to add Swiss international Valon Behrami to their ranks despite reported interest from Tottenham.

The Nerazzurri could spend heavily in preparation for next season after a disappointing campaign that saw a team with Scudetto ambitions finish fifth.

Walter Mazzarri's side did manage to secure Europa League football, unlike city rivals AC Milan, and owner Erik Thohir is expected to make significant financial resources available to strengthen.

As Inter chase a world-class striker and reportedly fight to lure Chelsea's Fernando Torres on loan or sign Manchester City man Alvaro Negredo, they are very close to making a significant signing in midfield.

A deal appears to have been agreed that will see Behrami move from Napoli to Inter for around £4.8m.

Behrami had been linked with Tottenham, but Spurs have made no formal approach for him and it seems like they are happy to let him go elsewhere.

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis just has to give the green light and is expected to do so because Behrami doesn't feature in coach Rafa Benitez's plans due to the arrival of Jorginho.

Inter will hand Behrami a contract until 2017 and a large pay rise on his current deal at Napoli moving from just over £1m per season to close to £1.5m.

Behrami was at West Ham between 2008 and 2011 and was used as both a midfielder and a full-back. He made 58 appearances but also suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee in March 2009, which ruled him out for six months of that year.

Inter appear keen to tie up the deal for Behrami before he travels to Brazil to play for Switzerland at the World Cup so that his value doesn't have a chance to rise.

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