Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has decided to stick with Tottenham Hotspur in his search for defensive recruits despite being foiled in an effort to sign Etienne Capoue, with Corriere Dello Sport reporting that Jan Vertonghen is their latest target as the Serie A giants mull over a January approach.
Vertonghen came up during transfer talks between Napoli and Spurs over the past week to discuss the potential sale of Capoue to the Serie A giants, although Benitez's side have stubbornly refused to meet Tottenham's £12m valuation of the French international.
Benitez is now thought to have changed tact and will try to lure Vertonghen away from White Hart Lane, although any chance of a deal being concluded this month if at all is highly improbable.
Vertonghen has been out for more than month with an ankle injury and has so far failed to feature for new Spurs boss Tim Sherwood as a result, although he did return to full training earlier this week.
The 26-year-old is now being discussed by Napoli in protracted transfer talks which also involve Capoue and San Paolo striker Goran Pandev, although both parties are thought to be some way off agreeing any deal which will see a player switch to the Premier League or Serie A before the transfer window closes.