Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger [Reuters]

Liverpool are considering a swap deal in signing Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler, which could see the Reds defender Daniel Agger move in the opposite direction.

According to the Metro, the Italian club's manager Rafael Benitez is keen on landing the Dane as he looks to sign Agger and allow the Swiss international leave the Serie A outfit in the ongoing transfer window.

Agger has started only nine league games this season and has been constantly linked with a move away from Anfield in January. However, the centre-back earlier admitted that he is ignoring the speculation surrounding his future.

In addition to this, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stressed that the Merseyside club are keen on retaining Agger beyond the January transfer window.

However, the report claims the situation could change as an injury to Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva could see the former Swansea manager sanction the sale of Agger in order to bring Inler to England before the transfer window shuts.

The Swiss midfielder has been a regular inclusion under the Spanish manager for Napoli this season, making 25 appearances in all competitions.

The Reds' boss has dropped a major hint that Liverpool could make a major signing before the transfer window shuts on 31 January. Should the report be true, the addition of Inler could see Liverpool bolster their midfield, while a move to Napoli could see Agger feature regularly under Benitez.

Meanwhile, the former Liverpool manager has revealed that Napoli are still in search of bringing new players to the club in the ongoing transfer window.

"I spoke yesterday [Monday] with the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] and I am convinced that we will make a few offers, sure. Up until January 31, there will be fun. We are working seriously, and the good thing is that not all of our targets have featured in the newspapers," Benitez said.

"I think a lot of people here have seen that Napoli can be competitive. We are growing as a team, we can spend money, which will improve us. This is a unique period in the club's history.

"We are close to the top positions and we are still growing. We should all think positively because I see that the team can do even better. The idea is to make an entertaining football team that can win games," he added.