Arsenal are considering a move for Napoli central defender Nikola Maksimovic, according to Football Italia.

The report claims that Arsenal have been scouting Maksimovic, presumably on international duty, and are tempted to make a move in January.

Arsenal are not alone in their pursuit of the defender, though, as Italian side Inter Milan are also said to be monitoring his progress.

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Maksimovic could be free to leave Napoli in January, due to his bit-part involvement so far this season.

He has made two appearances in all competitions so far, and struggled to retain a regular place in the side last season.

The Serbian joined the club from Torino for €25m last summer but has failed to live up to his price tag as of yet.

Arsenal will be hoping that they can secure a deal and bring out the best in the tall defender, if they can beat Inter to the punch.