According reports in English media, Sunderland are close to signing Fabio Borini for £14million from Liverpool FC.

Fabio Borini’s long-term future at Liverpool has come under a lot of speculations since last season and now latest reports suggest that the Merseyside club have agreed to sell him to Sunderland for a fee of £14million.

The 23-year-old joined Liverpool in 2012 after having a good loan spell at Roma, but failed to establish himself in the starting line-up at the Merseyside club, making only 13 appearances in the league in the 2012-13 season. The former Chelsea forward was loaned out to Sunderland at the start of last season and he played a key role in saving them from relegation and their wonderful cup run.

Borini became a hero among the Sunderland fans after he scored in the Tyne-Wear derby and then in the League Cup win over Manchester United. He also scored in the all-important win over West Bromwich Albion, which ensured the Black Cats’ safety in the Premier League. Borini ended the season with 10 goals in 40 appearances as he stepped up and performed in all the big matches for Sunderland last season.

The forward is now keen to return to Liverpool and establish himself at the club. Fabio Borini has been training hard for the new season and recently posted pictures of him doing sprints in laborious heat up a hill on social media. The Italian forward is believed to be keen to extend his stay at Liverpool and his agent has confirmed the same.

But Sunderland are eager to sign him permanently and reports suggest they are willing to pay to up to £14million for the forward. The Italian international will be restricted to a role on the bench at the Merseyside club next season following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.

Liverpool will look at it as a good business having signed him for £10.5 million from Roma. Moreover, his departure will also cut down the wage bill and make room for further additions in the squad. According to Skysports, Liverpool have already reached an agreement with Sunderland and all that remains is for Borini to agree personal terms.