Gus Poyet wants to sign on loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini on a permanent deal if Sunderland avoid relegation, according to the Daily Star.

The 22-year-old has impressed during his season long loan spell at the Stadium of Light, and has become something of a fans favourite.

Borini, midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung and left back Marcos Alonso are all set to return to their parent clubs at the end of the season.

Poyet has already admitted he wants to sign Ki on a permanent deal from Swansea, and would also be keen to extend Borini’s stay.

“Borini is an important player, and he will be important to us if we stay in the Premier League, and are able to keep him,” Poyet told The Shields Gazette.

“He’s the perfect character to have in a group of players these days – he’s the perfect professional, always positive.”

Sunderland face a nervous fight for Premier League survival, having won just one of their last eight home league matches.

The Black Cats do however have games in hand on their relegation rivals, following their Capital One Cup and FA Cup commitments.

Poyet’s side face must-win battles with relegation rivals Norwich, West Ham, Cardiff and West Brom before the end of the season.

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