Sunderland are considering taking Fabio Borini on a second season-long loan, after talks with Liverpool over a permanent deal for the forward stalled, reports the Express.
Borini spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, scoring 10 goals and being named the clubs young player of the season.
He looked set to complete a permanent £14million switch last week, however talks over the deal appear to have stalled.
The clubs had agreed a fee for the Italian forward last week, and Gus Poyet was desperate to hold talks over a move.
However the 23-year-old opted to join the Reds on their pre-season tour of the United States instead, and the move has been further complicated by a shoulder injury sustained in the defeat to Roma on Wednesday.
Now Poyet will look to bring the forward in on loan for a second successive season, with Borini set to struggle for regular first team football at Anfield.
And after tying up a deal for Chelsea’s Dutch left back Patrick van Aanholt, Poyet still wants to make the signing of versatile defender Santiago Vergini permanent.
The Argentine spent four months on loan at the Stadium of Light last season and Poyet said: “Vergini is ongoing, but yes, it’s still a possibility.”