The manner in which the Liverpool striker conducted himself on Deadline Day suggests he would not have been committed enough to truly help either club.
Both Gus Poyet and Harry Redknapp might have been bitterly disappointed to miss out on a big transfer target on Deadline Day.
Sunderland boss Poyet had been tracking this particular striker throughout the whole transfer window. Redknapp, meanwhile, had missed out on several other Deadline-Day deals and was - and still is - in desperate need of another forward at Queens Park Rangers.
But, in the end, both clubs might count missing out on Fabio Borini as a blessing in disguise.
For the manner in which the Italian conducted himself raises serious questions about his dedication as a footballer.
Indeed, the 23-year-old reportedly led Sunderland on until the last minute, when he turned to QPR and said 'make me an offer.' Then, Borini apparently rejected the London side for not offering him high enough wages.
The Reds forward has defended his actions, favouriting a barrage of abusive tweets on social media and tweeting the following:
Finally the madness is finished! I protected the MAN and the player that I am today...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...taking all the responsibility of the situation and for people who didn't want it...— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
...and I m VERY happy with myself to have taken such an important decision!— fabio borini (@borinifabio29) September 2, 2014
And yet, while throwing personal abuse at someone is unacceptable, Borini's motives for staying at Liverpool must be taken with a huge pinch of salt.
Were he truly in it for football reasons, why would he ask for such high wages? And why, now, has the Italian reportedly been frozen out at Anfield if he is so keen to fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers' side?
During broadcast on Deadline Day, one Sunderland fan told talkSPORT that he felt like a man who had 'just found out his wife had cheated on him' when hearing that Borini was in talks with QPR.
Now, though, both the Black Cats and the west London side will be better off without him. After all, would the 23-year-old really put 100 per cent in it for the club if he had to hold them to ransom before actually signing?