Napoli won't give up on Tottenham midfielder

Napoli are still plotting a move for Tottenham midfielder Sandro, but Zenit Saint Petersburg seem much more likely to land him.

Napoli's seemingly endless quest to sign a defensive midfielder rolls on with reports that the Italian side are still looking at Tottenham's Sandro.

Rafa Benitez's side finished third in Serie A last term but were often left exposed at the back due to the lack of solidity in the midfield.

The Partenopei tried on multiple occasions to lure Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons, but protracted discussions ended in failure.

Barcelona's Javier Mascherano was also on the shopping list but he is set to stay at the Camp Nou, so Napoli continue to look for their man.

Tottenham's Brazilian international Sandro has been a potential target for some time, but of late Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg have emerged as favourites to sign him.

Former Tottenham boss André Villas Boas is reportedly keen to link up with Sandro again in Russia and his club seem better equipped financially to get close to the £20 million valuation.

Napoli are limited to closer to £10 million, but it does look likely that Tottenham will reduce their initial bargaining position significantly.

Sky Italia reports that Napoli are ready to battle Zenit and have refused to admit defeat in the bidding war. 

If Napoli can muster around £12 million it could mean that Sandro gets to choose his destination and Italy could be more attractive than Russia.

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