Real Madrid are intensifying their interest in Inter Milan centre-forward Giampaolo Pazzini. Real coach Jose Mourinho feels his squad is a striker short and he wants to add the physical presence of Pazzini to his attacking options in January.

Real vice-president Jose Angel Sanchez was in Italy on the weekend to check on Pazzini in action against Bologna. The Italy international was outstanding on the day and scored in Inter's first win of the season.

Mourinho hopes Inter are prepared to do business for between €12-13 million over the ex-Fiorentina forward.