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Alex Song and Lucas Leiva: Inter's Yaya Toure back-up plan

While Yaya Toure is being openly pursued by Inter at this point, the club is also looking into backup options with Alex Song and Luca Leiva looking like the top choices.

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At this point we all know about the (mildly confusing) interest that Inter have in bringing Yaya Toure to the club. He has been a powerhouse in the past, but given his age, probable large price tag, and massive salary, there have been some questions about if the transfer is really worth it.

With the club seeming to realize how much this would cost, Ausilio has begun to look into alternatives to the Ivorian midfielder. According to SempreInter, Inter have identified West Ham's Alex Song and Liverpool's Lucas Leiva as the preferred backups. 

There was interest by Inter in Leiva back in the January transfer market so rekindling that would likely not be all that difficult for the club. Song would be a little more difficult, since he is only on loan at West Ham from Barcelona. West Ham seems to be interested in keeping him at their club so if Inter are truly interested in the 27 year old, they would need to move quickly.

While both of these players are younger (and cheaper) than Toure, they are both primarily defensive midfielders rather than box-to-box midfielders like Toure. Personally I don't think Inter should be going after Toure, let alone these two. What money Ausillo and Mancini will have should be spent elsewhere.

What do you think? Do you think the club should move for Song or Leiva instead of Toure? Or do you think the club should forget about all 3 players and try to reinforce other positions? Let us know!