Report: Relegation-threatened side target another Liverpool star after failed move

Fabio Borini

After being rebuffed in their advances for Mario Balotelli, Parma have reportedly moved to bring in Fabio Borini from Liverpool.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Parma are in pursuit of Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, looking to sign the Italian on loan from the Anfield outfit.

New Ducali president Ermir Kodra confirmed that the Emilia-Romagna club had made an ambitious approach for Mario Balotelli in the past days.

Former owner Tommaso Ghirardi sold Parma to a Russian-Cypriot consortium in December, with 29-year-old Albanian Kodra taking over the presidency.

The new patrons appeared determined to make a splash by bringing in a big name player in January as Parma sit rock bottom in Serie A with a one-point deduction.

Balotelli would’ve seemed an attainable acquisition considering he has had little to no impact at Liverpool to this point, with zero goals in 760 Premier League minutes.

But Kodra revealed to Supersport that Parma came up just short in the Balotelli sweepstakes, with director of sport Pietro Leonardi moving on to other striker targets.

Based on the most recent reports, Leonardi may have not moved on from Liverpool at all, instead simply shifting his focus to Borini.

Tuttomercatoweb report that Parma are moving quickly to secure the Italian’s services on loan, in dire need of help up front to stave off the drop after 15 losses through 19 games.

The news comes on the back of prior claims from Tuttomercatoweb that AC Milan were weighing up an offer to bring Borini to San Siro until the end of the season.

Twice over the past summer the former Roma man rejected the opportunity to leave Anfield, the first after Liverpool had accepted a £14 million bid from Sunderland.

QPR entered the fray on deadline day and were reportedly able to agree a £10 million bid with the Reds, only for Borini’s lofty wage demands to cause the deal to fall through.

Liverpool were said to have spurned the idea of sending the Italian out on loan for a second straight season, with agent Marco De Marchi saying Inter had requested him on a temporary basis.

Should the Reds still maintain an interest only in selling off Borini permanently, it seems Parma’s pursuit of him could set to be an uphill battle.

Borini has managed to get on the scoresheet once this term, scoring the winner against Aston Villa last Saturday after getting just his third start of the campaign.

Parma have been blunt in attack this season, scoring just 18 goals to date. Five have come from Antonio Cassano, who has been without a consistent strike partner.

The departure of Amauri to Torino on deadline day saw Parma left without a suitable forward to deploy alongside Cassano, a more creative presence than pure scorer.

Borini could provide a solid option for Roberto Donadoni to play alongside the 32-year-old, though it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will allow him to leave.

Joining Parma would be a reunion of sorts for Borini, who signed with the Ducali in 2011 but never played for the club, immediately signing with Roma on loan.

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