Aaron Lennon
Lennon has only started seven games this season for TottenhamGetty

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini is hopeful of adding Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva and Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon to his squad in the January transfer window.

Mancini has won just two of his six games as manager in his second spell at the San Siro, and is hopeful of a New Year resurgence to enhance the club's bid to qualify for Europe, either via the Champions League or the Europa League.

The Italian boss, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City, wants to rebuild his squad during the January window, bringing in players from English football's top flight teams.

"I have already made the point, we are looking for a winger and preferably two," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We need a player who is strong, very fast, direct, good technically and capable of scoring goals.

"If we can't find a player with these qualities, then it is better not to buy anyone at all. [Alessio] Cerci, Lennon and Lucas Leiva are all good reference points and not random choices."

The emergence of Andros Townsend and signing of Nacer Chadli and Érik Lamela has reduced Lennon's opportunities at Tottenham in recent seasons, with the England international making just seven starts in all competitions this term.

The 27-year-old has just 18 months to run on his current Tottenham deal and manager Mauricio Pochettino must consider offloading the winger in the next two transfer windows, if he has any ambition of recouping a significant fee for the player.

Lucas' career prospects at Liverpool are similarly bleak, having made just 11 starts in all competitions this season. After been linked with a move away from the club in January Napoli boss Rafael Benitez was forced to quash speculation regarding the Brazilian.

Lucas, also 27, has two-and-half years to run on his current deal and could become a victim of Liverpool's resources in midfield which have swelled after nine new players were signing in the summer transfer window.

Following difficult starts to the campaign, both Liverpool and Tottenham have been linked with using January as an opportunity to streamline their squads, and both Lucas and Lennon could be deemed surplus to requirements.