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Napoli boss to tempt Liverpool defender to Italy

Daniel Agger was signed by Benitez for Liverpool in January 2007 (©GettyImages)
Daniel Agger was signed by Benitez for Liverpool in January 2007 (©GettyImages).

Liverpool's Daniel Agger could team up with former boss Rafael Benitez in January after Napoli submitted a loan deal for the defender, according to The Times journalist Tony Barrett.

Barrett tweeted the news late last night: "Napoli have approached Liverpool about Daniel Agger and are hoping to take the defender on loan in January."

However the Danish international has reiterated his desire to stay at Anfield, despite interest from Benitez who signed the centre-half for £5.5 million from Brondby in January 2007.

Barrett added: "Important to stress Agger isn't looking to leave LFC - in a recent interview he said if the club are happy with him he's happy to stay."

Agger was subject to interest from Barcelona in the summer after Liverpool rejected a £15 million bid from the Catalan club, whilst Manchester City also tried to sign the defender in 2012.

The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour with manager Brendan Rodgers after Mamadou Sakho was brought to Liverpool for £17 million and has impressed early on.

Agger has only made nine appearances for the Reds so far this season after being first-choice for the past three seasons. 

Benitez may struggle to convince the Dane to take the switch to Naples after the Italians were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.

The Spanish manager has already raided his former club for 'keeper Pepe Reina as he looks to strengthen Napoli who sit third in Serie A, eight points off leaders Juventus.

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