The Italians have made little progress in their attempts to woo William Gallas from Arsenal because of the France international's high wage demands and are looking at other options.
Former Chelsea boss Ranieri is unlikely to have much money to spend this summer and sees right-sided Eboue and left-sided Belhadj as versatile players. Both offer width in defence or midfield.
Top Gunner: Eboue
Crisis club: Pompey's Belhadj
Cash-straped Portsmouth are thought to be looking for about £5million for Belhadj, 27, who is likely to prefer a move to Italy rather than follow up interest from Moscow sides CSKA or Spartak.
Eboue could be harder to prise from Arsenal because boss Arsene Wenger sees him as an important member of the squad, even though the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has not always been a favourite among fans at the Emirates Stadium.
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