Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he’s confident of completing the club record £14 million signing of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini ‘in the next few days’.
Both sides have already agreed the fee, but Poyet’s efforts to convince Borini to move to the Stadium of Light have been met with frustration so far, with the Italian stalling on an approach last month to join his current club on their pre-season tour of the USA.
The one-time capped international spent last season on loan on Wearside, where he scored seven goals in 32 league games to help secure their Premier League status, and the Black Cats boss has reiterated his desire to seal his signature on a permanent basis.
‘The idea was to have the deal done a few weeks ago, but for different reasons it was impossible, but we are confident that maybe in the next few days we can do something about Fabio,’ Poyet told Sky Sports News.
‘I'm always thinking that we can add quality players, especially the ones we know, and let's hope that confidence I am trying to bring to the club is confirmed...with the signing of Borini.’
Borini first moved to England as a teenager after being snapped up by Chelsea from childhood club Bologna, making eight appearances for the Blues in 2009-10, before joining Swansea City on loan in March 2011.
Netting six times in nine games to help the club win promotion to the Premier League, the 23-year-old then returned to Italy with Parma and then Roma, where he fired 10 goals in 26 matches to earn a move to Liverpool in July 2012 under his former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers.
His first injury-hit season at Anfield seeing him score just twice in 20 appearances, Borini’s subsequent spell at Sunderland in 2013-14 was more promising but, despite Rodgers’ current lack of options up top, his future seemingly rests in the north east rather than on Merseyside.