Napoli have had a busy winter window so far, bringing in several players, just missing on others, one protracted transfer debacle, and strong rumors of more impending arrivals. We enter the deadline day with one player on his way for a medical, one deal in the wind, and rumors of at least one player departing. What do we have in store?
What's Been Done
First, let's have a quick review of the month so far. With clear needs in midfield and along the back line, the rumor de jour early on was that Napoli was expected to sign midfielder Maxime Gonalons from Lyon. It actually appeared that a deal was all but done, with Gonalons himself speaking in favor of such a move, but it was nixed late in the process by Lyon's notoriously temperamental president. That sparked off the long-running Etienne Capoue saga, which we've pretty well talked to death.
In terms of what's actually be done, three players have been signed. Things were kicked off by bringing in Jorginho from Hellas Verona, who has been nothing short of amazing in his two appearances for his club so far. More recently were deals for Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar and Palmeiras central defender Henrique Buss, with Buss filling Napoli's annual non-EU player quotient and Andujar not actually joining until the summer.
Fullback Faouzi Ghoulam of Saint-Etienne is also supposed to be in Naples today for a medical ahead of a reported €5 million, but that's not official yet.
What's To Come
The biggest rumor at the moment is the impending departure of Pablo Armero on loan to West Ham. Sky Sports has been riding that story fairly hard in the last hour or so after it quietly developed yesterday evening, so that's starting to feel like something that's likely to happen. West Ham has already taken on a pair of Serie A players on loan this month, recently bringing in Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino late last week.
There's also the Etienne Capoue mess to iron out. The clubs are still working on a deal, but apparently Tottenham club president Daniel Levy (who's even more difficult to deal with than Lyon's president) is apparently not budging off his fee demand. That deal is going to go down to the wire, if it happens at all. Complicating matters is that apparently Tottenham want to replace him with Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, but Inter won't sell him until they secure another midfielder, which they've so far been unable to do. Yippee.
Keep an eye on things here, as we'll be around all day to bring you the latest news as it develops.