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Napoli reject Besiktas bid for Miguel Britos after Watford get involved

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Napoli and Besiktas are some ways apart from a transfer deal for the Uruguayan defender, but things might move faster now that an English club is involved.

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We've known for a little over a week that Miguel Britos is pretty much set to move to Turkish club Besiktas. The only thing holding up a deal is the two teams coming to terms on a transfer fee. Given that Britos is A.) Napoli's fourth-best central defender and B.) suspended for the start of the season after headbutting another player, coming to terms on such a deal shouldn't be that hard, right?

Wrong.

According to reports, Besiktas have offered €2.5 million for Britos, this coming after a €2 million bid was turned down with Napoli asking for €4 million for to Uruguayan. That improved bid was also turned down, leaving Besiktas frustrated -- and potentially without the defender they want, if some new reports are true.

Apparently Watford -- who you may recall as being the team Diego Perroti turned down in hopes of a Napoli move -- have entered the fray, and might soon be launching a bid of their own for Britos. Apparently they feel that a defender of Britos' experience is just the ticket to help them stay up in the Premier League in their first season after promotion.

No, really.

Jokes aside, a little competition might be exactly what Napoli need to drive up Britos' price a bit. It feels weird to see a bidding war for him, but that's apparently what we've got brewing. Besiktas are probably still the favorite to land him -- he's reported to have loosely agreed to personal terms with them, and he's more likely to find success in Turkey than in the faster and more physical Premier League -- but you can never count out an EPL team in negotiations like this.