Striker could be set for return to Stadium of Light
Sunderland are close to wrapping up a deal for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, according to reports this morning.
The Italian spent a season out on loan at the Stadium of Light two seasons ago, where he enjoyed the chance to play regular first-team football.
However, 12-months later, he snubbed a permanent move to The Black Cats and told Liverpool and Sunderland officials that he wanted to stay at Anfield and fight for his place.
Last season he spent most of the time out of match-day squads due to Daniel Sturridge, when fit, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert.
Borini‘s first-team status at the club took a further hit this summer when Brendan Rodgers brought in Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, whilst Divock Origi also returned from a season-long loan in Lille.
According to reports, Borini will join Sunderland for an initial £8million.
It’s claimed Borini has already said goodbye to his team-mates in Merseyside, but he did so expecting to complete a move to Inter Milan.
However that deal has fallen through, leaving Dick Advocaat as favourite to sign him.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt