Genoa have confirmed they “could sign Moussa Sow together with Inter” in a similar deal to the Kevin-Prince Boateng move.
The Grifone famously bought Boateng from Portsmouth last summer and immediately turned him over to Milan on loan, making a profit when the Rossoneri took up their option.
A similar operation is on the cards for Ligue 1 top scorer Sow, who netted 25 goals for Lille last season.
The 25-year-old striker played for France at Under-21 level, but switched to the land of his parents, Senegal, in 2009.
“We have a good rapport with Inter director Marco Branca and President Massimo Moratti,” explained Genoa director of sport Stefano Capozzucca.
“It is possible we could sign Sow together with Inter.”
However, unlike Boateng, it seems in this case Sow would stay for 2011-12 at Genoa in exchange for allowing the Nerazzurri to sign Rodrigo Palacio.
The two clubs have also been negotiating over goalkeepers, but Genoa's bid for Emiliano Viviano had to be shelved when he suffered a knee injury.
“We had sorted everything out for Viviano, then unfortunately he picked up that injury and we had to find an alternative. Now we are very happy with Sebastien Frey.”
Viviano snapped the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a training session and will be out for between five and seven months.