Although Inter want to sign Andrea Ranocchia in January, they may have to be content with Genoa teammate Emiliano Moretti.
The Italian champions are desperate for a new central defender after Walter Samuel was ruled out for the season with injury.
Their primary objective is new Azzurri international Ranocchia, a player who they co-own with the Marassi outfit.
However, Genoa are keen to keep him until at least the end of the season and have thus offered Moretti instead.
The Roman, born in 1981, would arrive on loan.
Moretti, despite never really making it at the very top, is highly experienced after spells at Fiorentina, Juventus and Valencia.