Napoli preparing shock move for Liverpool star Reina.

Napoli are preparing a shock move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

The Serie A side are the hunt for a new goalkeeper after it emerged that Morgan di Sanctis was set to join fellow Italian side Roma.

New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is on the hunt for a new custodian and has switched his sights to the Reds shot-stopper after reportedly missing out on QPR star Julio Cesar.

Brazilian International Cesar had looked set for a return to Italy but a move has been blocked with Napoli preferring to seal a loan deal rather than sign the 33 year old permanently.

Despite QPR manager Harry Redknapp insisting that a deal could be done for the former Inter Milan star at the right price Benitez has returned to a familiar face as he looks to stamp his mark on the Napoli squad.

The former Reds boss brought Reina to Liverpool back in the summer of 2005 and watched him blossom into one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

Despite his lofty reputation Reina faces an uncertain future at Anfield with Simon Mignolet’s arrival from Sunderland putting his first team place at risk.

The 30 year old former Villareal star had been linked with a return to first club Barcelona but with no bid forthcoming could now instead make the move to Italy.

Whilst publicly Liverpool have said they are not willing to part with the Spanish International his £110,000 a week wages put him amongst the club’s top earners and his departure would free up space in the kitty to bolster the squad further especially with Napoli ready to pay £10 million to snap him up.

Benitez has the added incentive of being able to offer Champions League football and with a World Cup looming Reina might be tempted to jump ship to play at the higher level.

Reina endured a mixed season last year although he recovered strongly to keep six clean sheets in his final nine games of the season and play a part in Spain run to the final of the confederation cup, where they lost to Brazil.

His participation in the precursor to the World Cup has meant an extended summer for Reina and he is scheduled to link up with the rest of the squad next week on their tour of Australia.

All that could change however should Benitez and Napoli firm up their interest.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.