Inter Milan remain confident they will be able to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, according to Sky in Italy.
Sturridge has been widely linked with a January move to Serie A, while Spanish side Sevilla are also believed to be interested in the 28-year-old.
Inter are understood to want a loan deal to take Sturridge to Italy, with an option to buy, but they are not willing to pay the €40m Liverpool want to make the move permanent.
The England forward has not played since early December because of a thigh injury and his chequered record is part of the reason why Inter are looking to pay a smaller transfer fee.
Sturridge also has only 18 months left on the last contract he signed with the Premier League club in October 2014.
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He joined Liverpool in January 2013 but has only once played more than 20 league games in a season, when he scored 21 goals in a brilliant 2013-14 campaign.
Inter are looking for another attacking option, with only Mauro Icardi (18) and Ivan Perisic (7) having scored more than three goals for them in Serie A this season.