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Jan Vertonghen subject of player plus cash Napoli offer

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Napoli are preparing to make a player-plus-cash bid for Jan Vertonghen, and will offer Macedonian striker Goran Pandev in part-exchange for the Tottenham Hotspur defender.

TalkSPORT reports how the Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer following the north London club's failure to qualify for the Champions League in 2013/14.

Rafa Benitez has been alerted to Vertonghen's potential availability and is keen to bring the talented centre-back to Stadio San Paolo.

After finishing third in Serie 'A' last season, Napoli secured entry into Europe's elite club competition, and hope that the lure of the Champions League will help convince the 27-year-old to swap England for Italy in the forthcoming transfer window.

Vertonghen is coming off the back of a frustrating campaign with Spurs after struggling with a series of niggling injuries. However, with two years still to run on his existing contract, new manager Mauricio Pochettino will not be pressured into selling the former Ajax man if Napoli come calling.

The inclusion of Pandev in any prospective deal might tempt Tottenham given the relative lack of striker options currently available to Pochettino at White Hart Lane, but Vertonghen's presence is likely to be deemed more important, so don't expect the Italian outfit to have any success with planned negotiations.

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