Serie A side Internazionale are eyeing up a move for Liverpool misfit Fabio Borini in January, after failing to raise the funds for a move for the Italian striker in the summer window.
Italian sports daily TuttoSport reported that the Nerazzurri were after the 23-year-old in the summer, but after failing to offload their Colombian anchorman Fredy Guarin, Inter had insufficient funds to make their move.
Premier League sides Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers were very keen on the former Swansea and Roma man, but Borini's wage demands were way out of both clubs wage budgets, scuppering the move.
Borini now faces a spell in the reserves as Liverpool's fourth choice striker, behind compatriot Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, and Inter will now resurrect their interest when the winter transfer window opens in the New Year.
Nerazzurri chiefs will now offer Liverpool a loan move for the unwanted striker, and will make a move to bring him to the Giuseppe Meazza on a permanent deal in summer 2015.
The striker is understood to be keen on a move to Inter, but Sunderland could come back in for Borini in January too, after his successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season, becoming a fans favourite after scoring the winner in the Tyne And Wear Derby against Newcastle at home last year.
Borini also scored the opener in the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup final, and the opener at St James Park against Newcastle as Sunderland completed the double over their fierce rivals with a 3-0 away win.