By Elia Raimondo
Napoli are considering moves for either Davide Santon or Gianluca Zambrotta, as Partenopei coach Walter Mazzarri looks to bolster his defence, Goal.com can exclusively reveal.
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With the deal for the France international apparently dead, and long-term target Federico Balzaretti electing to join Roma, Santon and Zambrotta have shot to the top of Mazzarri's shopping list.
The versatile Santon has insisted that he is settled at Newcastle after helping the Premier League side qualify for this season's Europa League, but coach Alan Pardew could be willing to listen to offers for the Italy international.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen on the Santon deal, although doubts persist regarding the 21-year-old's experience and tactical nous.
Released by Milan this summer, Zambrotta - now 35 - represents a more experienced option for both Mazzarri and De Laurentiis.
The 2006 World Cup winner is attracting interest from a number of foreign suitors, but may prefer to join Mazzarri's innovative side and remain in Serie A next season.