Fabio Borini may have a frustrating few months ahead at Liverpool but he could have a transfer to Inter on the horizon.
The Italian striker rejected moves to Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers and now has the tough task of winning a starting spot at Anfield.
Although Borini has expressed his delight at staying at Liverpool on Twitter, his enthusiasm may soon wear off if he remains a fringe player.
It has been suggested that Borini would only have left Liverpool for Inter, who were known to be hovering on deadline day.
However, Inter were left powerless to act because they were unable to agree a deal with Valencia to sell off midfield star Fredy Guarin, which would have freed up the funds to approach Borini.
The Nerazzurri will reportedly hope that a spell warming the bench plus the gradual erosion of his contract at Liverpool will reduce Borini's value and make him a good value addition at the start of 2015.
It is suggested that Inter will first try for a loan deal with the option for a permanent transfer in the summer, but, failing that, they will offer an initial £4 million plus bonus payments.
Inter looked toothless in attack during their 0-0 season opener with Torino and will have to hope that Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, on loan from Southampton, can find form, although he is currently injured.