Arsenal midfield 'gem' targets on Napoli radar

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Arsenal targets Alejandro Faurlin and Adel Taarabt have emerged on the radar of Italian outfit Napoli, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

QPR transfer advisor Gianni di Marzio has admitted that the Serie 'A' outfit have sent scouts to watch the players twice now, and could be considering a January move for the duo.

"Napoli have twice had scouts watch the gems of QPR - Taarabt and Faurlin," said Di Marzio.

The pair have endured relatively mixed fortunes in the Barclays Premier League this term, with Faurlin impressing for Neil Warnock's side whilst Adel Taarabt has struggled to adapt to the quicker pace of the English top flight.

As Faurlin's agent admits, the calls have started to come-in for the Argentine's availability, but he claims his client is more than happy at Loftus Road.

"I'm not encouraging calls because Ali is very happy at QPR. But when the phone rings and there are two Premier League teams and one from Serie A expressing their admiration, it's a testimony to the way Ali has started in the top flight," said representative Lucas Cominelli.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with both players in recent times, with reports as recently as Saturday suggesting a move could come for Faurlin in January (The Daily Mirror).

As for Taarabt, he personally claimed that Arsenal were tracking his progress in the summer transfer window, although Wenger is unlikely to have been impressed with what he's seen thus far in the top flight.

"I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it is a little muddled [difficult]," he said at the time.

Once dubbed 'the new Zinadine Zidane' following his arrival at Tottenham Hotspur as a young teenager, the attacking midfielder is yet to fully hit the heights many predicted he could.

However, the Gunners chief is renowned for getting the best out of young talent at the Emirates Stadium, the only possible saving grace for Taarabt if the Moroccan is hoping to get a chance with Arsenal.

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