PHOTO: Fabio Borini appears content with life at Liverpool

Is Fabio Borini's latest tweet a sign of bad news to come for Sunderland?

The 23-year-old took to Twitter last night to tell followers he was 'working hard' at Liverpool and seemingly enjoying pre-season preparations at The Reds.

Sunderland have had an offer of around £14 million accepted for the striker this week, but the deal is far from done with growing speculation to suggest that Borini would prefer to stay on at Anfield and attempt to prove his worth under Brendan Rodgers.

Gus Poyet is hopeful of convincing Sunderland's Young Player of the Year to make a permanent move to the Stadium of Light, but a statement from Borini's agent yesterday has cast a serious doubt over The Black Cat's chances.

Reports in Italy quote Marco De Marchi as saying; “Sunderland have made a large offer of €18 million to sign him, but Fabio wants to stay [at Liverpool].

“His project with Liverpool started two years ago when he left Roma; he began a journey and it is a major project for him."

There is of course a possibility that De Marchi is using the heightened speculation as a platform with which to drive a better deal out of Sunderland for his client, and for that reason Black Cats fans shouldn't give up hope just yet.

Borini faces stiff competition for a place at Liverpool, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Lazor Markovic and now potentially Loic Remy all vying for a place amongst Brendan Rodgers' starting eleven.

With conflicting reports over where the Italian envisions his own future, only time will tell. But last night's social media action has done nothing to encourage Sunderland fans, who are desperate for the Wearside club to get this deal tied up as soon as possible.

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