Arsenal in big battle to land Premier League powerhouse in January

Reports have claimed Arsenal will have to beat off Napoli if they wish to sign up Cheick Tiote from Newcastle, according to the Daily Mirror website.

The Gunners have long been linked with the tough tackling star as Arsene Wenger looks to add a defensive midfielder to his squad.

However, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez wants to inject some dynamism into his midfield and views the Ivory Coast international as the ideal candidate for the role.

Tiote, 28, is known for his granite-tackling which has made him one of the Premier League’s most accomplished midfield enforcers.

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