Sunderland have reopened talks with Liverpool regarding a move for Fabio Borini

Sunderland had been reported to be offering 14m for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, a player who spent last season at loan with Gus Poyet’s team. But the striker told manager Brendan Rodgers that he was keen to stay with the club after reports of Sunderland’s  £14m bid being accepted started doing rounds. This indicated that a move was off the cards. But manager Gus Poyet went on record to state that the Black Cats were still very much in for him. He said, “What I can say is that we have agreed a deal with Liverpool, we are waiting for correspondence and then we move on from there. It’s clear the impact Fabio had last season. And we are going to spend that amount of money on a player because we know how much he can give us. He would be perfect for us but it’s an ongoing thing. We have done the steps that we needed to do properly, and now we are waiting. We want to do things the right way.”

Borini was then included in Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States of America as Brendan Rodgers was willing to give him a chance to ‘fight for his place’. But a shoulder injury hampered plans of both him performing in the pre-season to give Rodgers an option for next season, as the Reds compete in four competitions and definitely need depth in the squad, as well as a swift move to the club that was willing to pay a good sum for his services.

Now, reports of a move being back on for the Italian are doing rounds once more as the Sunderland boss confirmed that the club have now held discussions with Borini himself, and indicated that the Black Cats are still hopeful of signing the 23-year-old.

“He is being assessed now for his shoulder injury. That’s stopped everything a little bit. We will see. I have not held talks with him, but the club has, although that’s private. We know where we stand.”

Brendan Rodgers still needs to add another name in the attack as the Loic Remy deal was called off due to medical reasons at the last minute. Divock Origi was signed from Lille but the youngster was immediately loaned back to the French club and wouldn’t be available next season. Fabio Borini’s future with the Merseyside club is clearly doubtful. This means that the Liverpool boss Rodgers only has Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert as his strikers in absolute certainty.