Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will return to his old stomping ground to try and sign Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, according to reports in Italy.

A Bola carries reports from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport which claim that Benitez has turned to the Anfield centre-back after baulking at the asking price for Benfica star Ezequiel Garay.

The Argentina international has a €20m release clause, but the report suggests Benitez will target Agger instead.

The 28-year-old recently admitted he was 'tempted' by interest from Barcelona over the summer, but opted to stay at Liverpool.

He lost his place in the team earlier this season following the arrival of Mamadou Sakho, but he's considered to be one of the most talented centre-backs in the Premier League and has since regained his starting spot in Brendan Rodgers's team.

Benitez worked with the Denmark international for four years at Anfield, winning the FA Cup and League Cup under the former-Liverpool boss.

Now at Napoli, Benitez has overseen a drastic overhaul of the team's squad following the sale of star striker Edinson Cavani to Paris St Germain.

He spent big over the summer on the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens and even brought in Pepe Reina on loan from Liverpool.

A new centre-back is thought to be the priority for the Italians in the January transfer window.

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