Fabio Borini is set to turn down a move to Sunderland, despite Liverpool having agreed a £14m fee with the North East side, according to reports from TuttoMercato.

The Italian spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and impressed as the Black Cats avoided relegation and came close to lifting the Capital One Cup.

However, he has since returned to Merseyside, since which time his agent, Marco De Marchi, has talked up the 23-year-old’s prospects at Anfield.

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But with Loic Remy now edging towards a switch to Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is thought to have deemed his first signing at the club in 2012 as surplus to requirements.

Yet Borini is not yet ready to leave, and is thought to have been taken aback with the speed at which his move is going.

It is understood that Sunderland have not been in contact with the one-time Italian international.

Borini may well eventually opt to leave, with Remy’s imminent arrival likely to push him further down the attacking pecking order at Liverpool following the signings of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic.

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  • pixie345
    2 months ago

    A bit fed up of the whole saga to be honest. The player and his agent have ideas above his station in my opinion. He isnt worth 14m and if there is anymore messing about, Id prefer to see SAFC make a positive approach to someone who wants to come because they see us as potentially pushing on under a bright young Manager / Coach.

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    Shaun Martin
    2 months ago

    I agree that £14m seems high, however with some of the other players Poyet is signing and the way Sunderland pulled together at the end of the season I see you pushing a solid mid table next season, and I think Borini would thrive being the big name in the team.

    Must admit I’m surprised the player doesn’t want to be part of that. Thinking he will move to a large Italian club seems wishful thinking.

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