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The Partenopei have formalised their interest in the 23-year-old but the Ligue 1 outfit are holding out for more money after dismissing an opening bid

Olympique de Marseille have turned down an offer in excess of €12 millon [£10m] from Napoli for defender Nicolas N'Koulou, president Vincent Labrune has revealed.

The Partenopei had been linked with a move for the 23-year-old since the back end of 2013 and have now returned with another bid for the Cameroon international.

However, the Ligue 1 club are reluctant to allow one of their most prized assets to depart the Stade Velodrome for the money on offer.

Speaking to RMC, Labrune said: "We had an offer from Napoli in mid-December, which was for more than €12m, and was not acted upon. There is little chance of him going."

N'Koulou has been an ever-present in the league for Marseille this term and he also started five matches of their unsuccessful bid to progress from the Champions League group stages.

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