Atalanta sporting director Giovanni Sartori says they wanted Milan pair Jose Mauri and M’Baye Niang in the summer and could return for them in January.
Youngster Mauri arrived at the Rossoneri from Parma in the summer but is yet to make an appearance, while Niang has only just returned from a long-term injury.
Sartori revealed that La Dea were interested in the pair in the summer and refused to rule out a winter swoop.
"Jose Mauri? We think he is a good player, we know him very well as we also followed him last year,” he said to Milan Channel.
“There was a small chance in the last two days of the summer market. We had a midfielder on the way out and if he had left, the ideal replacement was Mauri.
“Then the deal fell through and we stayed as we were, so we didn’t go on the attack for Jose.
“He’s a player who we value. Another player who we liked was Niang. Our attack could go very well with his characteristics.
“He’s a player who we tried to get in August, we tried to consult AC Milan, but he was coming back from an injury and the Rossoneri were not willing to sell.
“But he is a player who we’ve asked Galliani for.
“We’re hoping we won’t need anyone in January, but they are two players who we like a lot.”