Inter Milan failed with a deadline day bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The News of the World says former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez made an audacious move to take the Brazilian on loan, but his offer was refused by Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson has seen more faces leave than arrive at Anfield since his appointment with Liverpool recording a net profit on their summer deals.

As well as the sale of Javier Mascherano, Hodgson has sought to clear the decks of low quality squad players.

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