Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez isn't ready to drop his bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

It's been revealed Inter failed with a loan offer for the Brazil international on deadline day last week.

And Milan sources last night declared Benitez would attempt again to prise Lucas from Anfield in January.

After missing out on new Barcelona signing Javier Mascherano, Benitez still wants a defensive midfield signing and is focusing on Lucas.

While in charge of Liverpool, Benitez continually backed Lucas, despite the young midfielder being targeted by the Anfield boo-boys last season.

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