Italian has left Liverpool on a permanent deal
Sunderland Football Club have announced the signing of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini on a four-year deal.
The Italian forward was always expected to leave Anfield this summer after failing to break into the first-team last year under Brendan Rodgers.
The likes of Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert kept Borini out of the match-day squad, and his first-team status was further damaged this summer when Rodgers signed Christian Benteke and Danny Ings, as well as Divock Origi returning from loan.
Borini returns to the Stadium of Light after spending the 2013/2014 campaign there on loan, scoring seven goals in 32 games for The Black Cats.
It was expected that the striker would return to his homeland of Italy, with Inter Milan keen on signing him, but as that deal fell through, it left Dick Advocaat‘s side in pole position.
Borini today ends his three-year association with Liverpool after making just 38 appearances in all competitions.
Speaking of Borini’s arrival, head coach Dick Advocaat said: “Fabio is a great addition to the squad who will make our front line stronger. He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team.”
The club’s sporting director, Lee Congerton, added: “Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea.
“He has developed into a Barclays Premier League striker which we have already seen from his previous loan spell at the club, and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.”
Borini also spoke to the club’s official website and discussed his emotional return to Sunderland: “I am delighted to be back at Sunderland. It is a club I know really well from my time here previously.
“It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt