His return of seven goals in 32 games helped Gus Poyet keep the club in the top flight, and the Uruguyan coach listed the Italian forward as his main transfer target over the summer. Despite Sunderland and Liverpool agreeing a reported £14 million fee for the forward, the 23-year-old returned to his parent club by pricing himself out of any deal with the request of a £90,000-a-week wage packet. He has since become part of Brendan Rodgers’s first-team squad at Anfield, but nothing more than a bit-part player for the struggling Reds.
Five Premier League appearances have failed to bring a return of even a single goal, and, having been left out of the matchday squads for the victories over Hull City and Stoke in the past week, many are suspecting that the young forward will be allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window.
With the Black Cats still in need of a forward - with Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Jozy Altidore struggling for form - it would have made perfect sense for Poyet to return to Borini in the transfer window, but the Sunderland Echo has reported that the coach will look elsewhere in the market for a striker.
Inter Milan are said to be keen on taking the forward back to his homeland, and they could now be favourites for any deal following the Black Cats pulling out due to their experiences during the previous transfer saga involving the youngster.