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Napoli are interested in signing Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier this summer, according to the London Evening Standard.

However, Spurs are unwilling to sell Trippier and hope to tie the 27-year-old down to a new contract.

Trippier joined Tottenham from Burnley three years ago, but it wasn’t until late last season that he emerged as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice right-back ahead of Kyle Walker.

Walker eventually left for Manchester City, and Trippier has continued to make the position his own despite competition from Serge Aurier.

He is also set to feature as a right-wing back for England at the World Cup this summer, with Walker playing on the right side of a back three.

Napoli’s pursuit comes as a surprise – Trippier has done a fine job for Spurs, but his modest displays aren’t the kind that would usually attract interest from elsewhere.

Trippier could face increased competition for his place in the Tottenham team next season after Kyle Walker-Peters agreed terms on a new deal last month.

The 21-year-old impressed on the final day victory over Leicester City and could be used more often next term.

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