Serie A giants looking to hijack Tottenham's bid for World Cup winner - report

Napoli

Reports suggest that Napoli are looking to beat Tottenham to the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer.

After seeing Andre Villas-Boas waste over £100m on new signings last summer, Tottenham decided to cut their cloth accordingly under new boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine made only a handful of calculated signings, bringing Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli, and despite winning the first two games of the season, Spurs have since endured an inconsistent period in recent weeks.

Sunday's 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle has added some pressure on Pochettino, who only joined the club from Southampton this summer.

Their problems in midfield were exposed against the Magpies, with Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko taking control of the game, with plenty of criticism for Etienne Capoue after the game.

Rumours are now linking the club with a move to sign former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra on a free transfer, but it's also been reported that the club's top January target is Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach for a second consecutive season, but having featured for Germany in the World Cup final this season, clubs around Europe are starting to consider January bids for his services.

Despite Spurs reportedly being one of those, it's being reported in Italy that Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is hoping to hijack any bid and take Kramer to Italy.

Benitez spent most of the summer searching for midfield reinforcements, and whilst he landed Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal and David Lopez from Espanyol, the Spaniard is believed to still be in market for a holding midfielder, and despite links with Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, it seems Kramer could be his top target - much to Tottenham's frustration.

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