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Inter's search for a player capable of complementing the creative talent of Wesley Sneijder has accelerated so much they now want Antonio Candreva in January.

The Livorno trequartista has been a revelation this season, making his full international debut for Marcello Lippi's Italy squad against Holland last month.

Il Corriere dello Sport understands Inter President Massimo Moratti will buy Candreva as a reward should Jose Mourinho qualify the Nerazzurri for the next stage of the Champions League.

It has been reported that a deal had already been put in place for Candreva next summer, but Inter's lack of an alternative for Sneijder has forced them into action sooner.

Mourinho has often spoken of his desire to add more Italian elements to his team, as Inter are now infamous for fielding a starting XI solely comprised of foreign players.

Candreva is the subject of an ownership dispute between Livorno and his parent club Udinese.

Livorno claim to part-own the 22-year-old while Udinese believe he is still only on loan after spending last season in Tuscany.[www.football-italia.net]

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