Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is ready to battle Manchester City to sign Saint-Etienne youngster Kurt Zouma.

Benitez wants a new centre-back in January – talkSPORT told you earlier this year that he has considered raiding his former club Liverpool for both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger – and he is now keen on Zouma.

The 19-year-old, who was recently handed a ten-match ban for breaking an opponent’s leg, has been followed by a number of top European sides, including Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

talkSPORT also revealed to you that he has ruled out any future move to Saint-Etienne’s fierce local rivals Lyon.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has faced defensive problems this season and could ramp up his interest in Zouma in the New Year.