Napoli linked with Liverpool midfielder bid

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is attracting January transfer interest from Napoli, according to The Sun.

The 26-year-old Brazilian is the latest in a growing number of Merseyside stars to be linked with a switch to the Serie 'A' outfit.

Former Reds boss Rafa Benitez has already negotiated a season-long loan deal for Anfield goalkeeper Pepe Reina, and is keen to raid his old club for further reinforcements in the New Year.

It's not yet clear whether Brendan Rodgers will allow the South American schemer to leave Liverpool, but the fact he has featured in eight out of the opening 10 Premier League games in 2013/14 suggests he has an important role to play this season.

Benitez has also been credited with an interest in another ex-Liverpool midfielder, Javier Mascherano, despite the fact that Napoli's president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently said that he would not be willing to sanction a bid for the Barcelona utility man.

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