Sunderland and Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Fabio Borini fee: ‘Just ridiculous!’

Sunderland are in personal talks with Fabio Borini after Liverpool accepted an offer reported to be in the region of £14 million for the striker.

Borini has been Sunderland's number one transfer target this summer, following an impressive loan spell on Wearside last season. 

The 23-year-old was key to the Black Cats' remarkable Premier League survival and scored seven times for them, including key goals in both Tyne-Wear derbies and the Capital One Cup Final. 

It had seemed that Borini was set to stay and fight for a place at Liverpool this season, following reports from the player's agent that any transfer away from Anfiield was out of the question. 

Marco De Marchi told the Italian press earlier this month: “So far, Liverpool have not received any communication regarding his transfer.

"I would not be surprised if there were other clubs who want him because I consider him a complete striker. But for the moment, all I can say with certainty is that Fabio has returned to Liverpool to stay.”

Yet the speculation didn't go away, and Borini was even reported to be the subject of a proposed part-exchange deal in Liverpool's pursuit of Adam Lallana. 

The immediate future of the Italian has been one of the most prominent ongoing sagas of the transfer window thus far, but it now appears that Sunderland are close to getting their man - subject to personal terms being agreed.

The Reds manager Brendan Rodgers told BT Sport: "It's an agreement between the clubs but nothing agreed with the player as of yet."

The news has prompted much debate in the North East, sparking contrasting reactions from Sunderland and Newcastle United fans. Here is a selection of their tweets.

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