Michael Owen questions £14m Fabio Borini fee

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Michael Owen has had his say on Sunderland's reported £14million offer for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.

It has now been confirmed by the BBC that Liverpool have accepted a £14million offer from Sunderland for striker Fabio Borini.

But despite the diminutive Italian enjoying an impressive spell on loan at the Black Cats last season, one former Liverpool player has questioned the amount being offered.

Michael Owen took to Twitter when the rumours first broke, writing, "I like Borini but if the £14m transfer fee that is reported to be the case is true, that seems a hefty sum."

When you consider that Liverpool are reportedly set to replace the outgoing Italian with an £8.5million move for Loic Remy, Owen may have a point.

After all, while Borini had a big influence on Gus Poyet's side last season he only actually scored 10 goals. In contrast, Remy scored 14 last season for Newcastle United. But the bigger picture shows that the Frenchman has netted 95 senior career goals compared with Borini's 28.

There may be a four-year age-gap, but it is clear that if Brendan Rodgers can bring in a more deadly front-man and still make a profit after the sale of Borini, he deserves a big pat on the back as his impressive transfer dealings continue.

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