Inter are hoping to secure Chelsea marksman Fernando Torres on a season loan, but reports suggest their back-up plan is to approach Tottenham about Erik Lamela.
The Nerazzurri are in dire need of world-class striking reinforcements after a season dogged by profligacy in front of goal.
Coach Walter Mazzarri has publicly called for additions to the squad in attack and owner Erik Thohir is expected to oblige.
Having apparently given up on landing Manchester City man Edin Dzeko, Inter have reportedly made Torres their main objective for the summer, aiming for a season long loan.
Chelsea may be open to letting the Spaniard leave on loan, but Inter know that they will need to convince Torres to relocate to Italy and settle for probable Europa League football.
Inter will also struggle to meet Torres' wage demands and so would need to secure an assurance from Chelsea that they will continue to pay a significant percentage of his salary.
Lamela was sensational for Roma but has failed to settle in North London since making his club-record move partly due to injury problems.
There have been repeated rumours that Roma are trying to get Lamela back, but Inter could attempt a loan offer on a similar basis to their approach for Torres.
Inter made contact with Spurs in January regarding a loan but talks didn't get very far. However, the pressure on Spurs to find a better solution than leaving the Argentine on the bench is growing.