Fabio Borini turned down the chance to sign for Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland in the transfer window, but Inter may be ready to test his resolve to stay at Liverpool.
Liverpool had accepted offers from QPR and Sunderland, but the Italian striker couldn't agree personal terms and has decided to fight for a place at Anfield.
Inter reportedly were determined to sign Borini and plotted a deadline day swoop, but the Italian side couldn't agree the sale of midfielder Fredy Guarin in time to free up the necessary capital.
However, according to Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, Inter are still desperate to sign Borini and see January as their ideal opportunity.
The paper believes Inter have already made contact with Borini's representatives to discuss the terms of a hypothetical loan.
The suggestion is that if Inter can get Borini on side they will then go to Liverpool to try and persuade them to allow the Italian to leave until the end of the season.
Inter would look to include a clause in the contract that would allow the club to make the deal permanent in June 2015 should they meet a pre-arranged fee.