Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Italian top-flight sides Fiorentina and Lazio, with the Serie A clubs both linked to bids for the 28-year-old in recent days.
According to a report from calciomercato.com, Kaboul has caught the eye of the Italian pair this season, having made a bright start to the campaign at Tottenham.
The former Auxerre youth star was named club captain at Spurs this term, following the departure of Michael Dawson to Hull City, and has thrived in his new role at the club.
Resigned by Tottenham in 2010, having previously departed White Hart Lane for Portsmouth in 2008, Kaboul has enjoyed a much-improved second spell in London and would most likely not come cheap to either Fiorentina or Lazio, having rejoined Spurs as part of a £10 million deal.
Questions also remain as to whether Kaboul would be keen on moving to Italy, having spent the past seven years in England.
Any potential deal would most likely occur in the summer, should Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League.
That failure could prompt manager Mauricio Pochettino to overhaul much of his squad, with defensive concerns thought to be a main priority to the Argentine.
Kaboul, meanwhile, could opt to move elsewhere in a bid to find Champions League football and should one of either Lazio or Fiorentina find themselves back at the top table of European club football then a move could suit.
The Viola already have one former Premier League star in their ranks, with Micah Richards currently on a season-long loan at the Florence club.