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In what is probably the most bizarre Newcastle story of the summer so far, the Magpies are being linked with a move for Fabio Borini.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, Borini is not in Milan’s plans this season.
The 28 year-old currently earns a ridiculous €2.5m (£2.2m) salary, says Schira, which the San Siro outfit are trying to offload.
He mentioned two clubs as possible landing spots for the ex-Sunderland striker – Newcastle and Bordeaux.
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There’s no question the Magpies need a striker. Salomon Rondon’s loan spell from West Brom has ended and Ayoze Perez left the club this week.
According to Newcastle Stats, the departed pair combined for 53.5% of the side’s goals last season, leaving them in desperate need of more firepower.
However, there is absolutely nothing in Borini’s past to suggest he is the man to provide that missing spark up front. In fact, his goalscoring record is so bad this feels downright ridiculous.
He flopped at Liverpool, scoring just three times in 38 senior appearances, before finding the net 17 times in 93 games for Newcastle’s Wearside rivals, per Transfermarkt.
His goal output has declined too since leaving the North East, bagging just eight goals in 73 appearances in Milan.
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Given that Borini is an ex-Sunderland player with limited goalscoring ability, on a salary far outweighing his talents, as well as the fact that no one even knows who Newcastle’s owner or manager will be next season, this is surely the most bizarre transfer link of the window so far, a non-starter if there ever was one.