Over the past couple of days, articles have popped up about West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku being of interest to various Italian clubs, including Napoli.

Confirmed by an Italian agent, who claims he offered the left-back to Aurelio de Laurentiis three years ago, and then again two years ago, the Hammers’ defender’s presence on the Serie A club’s shortlist for January has intrigued the Italian media, especially Il Mattino.

Despite the monitoring, Masuaku isn’t first on the list, with that spot reserved for Sime Vrsaljko, and Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo just behind, but with those being relatively tough deals to pull off, attention could quickly switch to the France U19 international.

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With that in mind, Il Mattino expect scouts to be sent next week to have a look at the West Ham left-back.

Considering Masuaku has only started two out of eleven league games for the Hammers, they’ll need to pick their matches carefully if they want to see him for more than just a few minutes.

That was Sunday’s edition of the newspaper, and Monday’s has a small update, claiming the interest in the West Ham defender isn’t to be ‘thrown in the wind’ i.e. taken lightly, as the Premier League club aren’t ‘planning to raise the barricades’.

Either way, this could be one that builds quite nicely before January, especially if the other options prove too difficult.