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Liverpool will have to contend with some strong Italian competition for transfer target Kurt Zouma as Inter Milan and Napoli gear up for an approach.
According to RMC, Saint-Etienne defender Zouma is being targeted for a January move by the Serie A giants, this after his agent had revealed in October that the door could be open for Italy.
The Reds were already seeking to continue the summer-window battle with Manchester United over Zouma, who is contracted at Saint-Etienne until 2017.
Zouma is currently on a 10-game domestic suspension - with six left to serve. It has ruled Zouma out until 2014, and could precipitate a move away for the France U20 World Cup winner.
Zouma had successfully fended off interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in the summer at a time when team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang engineered a big-money move to Borussia Dortmund.
But with Inter boasting a new president - and a potential boost to their transfer kitty - and Napoli always ready to spend, Saint-Etienne's fears will be multiplied by the time January comes around.
The 19-year-old has played all his domestic career with Saint-Etienne, and is on 60 total appearances with the Ligue 1 side.