Liverpool’s hopes of signing Ezequiel Lavezzi fade as forward closes in on Napoli switch

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Liverpool’s hopes of signing Ezequiel Lavezzi looked to have a hit a new low, with Napoli believed to be closing in on the Paris Saint Germain forward.

Reports in the Italian media claim that both Lavezzi, and current Reds striker Mario Balotelli could be heading for Naples in the January transfer window, as Rafael Benitez plans a complete revamp of his attacking options.

Lavezzi is believed to be considering a return to the club which he left for PSG in 2012, after struggling to hold down a regular first-team spot in the French capital.

Liverpool were rumoured to be preparing a January bid for the Argentine international to help inspire their struggling front line, but such a deal now looks all but impossible.

PSG are also likely to offer the 29-year-old a new deal, as his current one has just 18 months left to run. Lavezzi has scored 25 goals in 102 games for the French champions in all competitions, after hitting 48 in 188 during his first spell with Napoli.

The same source believes that Mario Balotelli’s agent is working behind the scenes to secure his return to Italy, despite Benitez last week denying that the striker would make the switch.

Mino Raiola is said to be dealing with a request from Balotelli that he wants to move on after failing to make the desired impact at Anfield since his summer move.

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