In Focus: Celtic could get a £6m bargain if they sign Sunderland star

According to reports in The Telegraph, Celtic are interested in signing Sunderland striker Fabio Borini this summer and they could bring him in for £6m.

What’s the word, then?

Well, following the Mackems’ relegation from the Premier League, a number of their stars are said to have had clauses inserted in their contracts that allows them to leave the club at the end of the season.

Jermain Defoe looks set to leave on a free transfer while Borini can be purchased for £6m, which is information that has caught the attention of Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers, with the Italian being his first signing when he took charge of Liverpool in 2012.

How has Borini done at Sunderland?

The 26-year-old earned a permanent move to the Stadium of Light after impressing during a loan spell in the 2013/14 season, when he scored 10 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats.

However, things haven’t really gone to plan since then for the forward with Sunderland struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League, and he has netted just seven times over the course of the last two campaigns.

Would he be a good signing for Celtic?

He probably would be, yes.

With Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts set to return to his parent club this summer and the impressive Moussa Dembele continuing to be linked with a move away from the Scottish Premiership champions, the Bhoys need a new forward/striker and Borini could be the answer to Rodgers’ problems.

The Northern Irishman knows Borini well and he could certainly put the arm around his shoulder that he will probably need after a tough couple of years.

What’s the verdict, then?

If he is available for £6m then it is a bit of a no-brainer for Celtic and Brendan Rodgers, while the player would certainly be keen on the move north of the border too.

Having seen how well some other strikers have done after moving to Scotland from England, there is no reason why Borini can’t have the same impact.

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