Lazio are preparing to sign Helder Postiga from Valencia, regardless of whether Hernanes completes his move to Inter Milan or not.
The Biancoceleste coach Edoardo Reja believes the former Tottenham Hotspur forward would be the perfect partner for Miroslav Klose in his attack, and the Serie A club are willing to oblige by taking the 31-year-old on loan from the Mestalla until the end of the season.
"We've been after Postiga for a week," Reja said at a news conference on the eve of his side's Coppa Italia clash with Napoli. "He's got international experience and can play with Klose. We were about to finalise the deal last night and if Postiga arrives, then I'll be particularly happy."
The arrival of the Portugal international does not depend on selling Hernanes, who is reportedly close to becoming Erick Thohir's first major signing as president of Inter. Indeed, should the Brazilian playmaker leave, Lazio would then make a move for another new recruit.
"We have options if he does go, but I don't think he's leaving," added Reja, who is likely to leave both Hernanes and Klose out of Wednesday night's quarterfinal tie at the Stadio San Paolo since the pair are carrying knocks.
"It's not that I want to rotate my team -- I'm forced to," said Reja, whose side would face city rivals Roma three times in a week should they get the better of the Azzurri. "Klose and Hernanes have had some problems and we've got to be cautious with them."
Postiga netted 13 La Liga goals for Real Zaragoza last season, and has three in 10 for Valencia in the 2013-14 campaign.