Liverpool reportedly want to cash in on attacker: Should Sunderland swoop?

Liverpool are said to be keen to cash in on long-term Sunderland target Fabio Borini.

Liverpool are set to listen to offers for Fabio Borini this summer, according to a report in the Daily Mail earlier today.

The Reds are allegedly ready to cash in on the Italian winger, after he has failed to make an impression at Anfield this season - with the 23-year-old making just 16 appearances. 

Borini has not been seen in a Liverpool shirt since the start of February and his time on Merseyside is said to be coming to an end.

That is sure to be good news for Sunderland, who spent most of their summer trying to persuade Borini to move the Stadium of Light.

The enigmatic attacker had been impressive at Sunderland during the 2013-14 campaign and Gus Poyet made him one of his main targets before the season started, according to the Telegraph.

Borini opted not to move to the Stadium of Light then, but he would likely be more keen after finding his chances limited at Liverpool, and Sunderland would be unwise to pass up their opportunity.

The Black Cats would need to ensure they stayed in the Premier League if they were to tempt Borini into a move, but he could be the exact type of player they have been missing this year.

Sunderland have failed to find a consistent attacking threat throughout the campaign and their return of just 23 goals in their 30 matches to date this season highlights exactly why they are struggling.

Borini would unquestionably improve them in this regard and his goals could be what are needed to push Sunderland on to the next level.

The Liverpool man is capable of playing up front or out wide and that means he is a player who would be able to cover two of Sunderland's problem positions.

The North East outfit have had to move Connor Wickham out wide for much of the season, but he is clearly uncomfortable there and the signing of a winger will be a priority over the summer, whatever league they are in.

In terms of goalscorers, Adam Johnson leads the club's charts with five goals to his name, whilst strikers Steven Fletcher and Jermain Defoe have only contributed a combined total of six goals. 

Borini during his one season at Sunderland, when he was rarely used as an out-an-out forward, still managed to notch 10 times and this is the injection of attacking quality that the Black Cats clearly need if they are to make sure next season isn't a repeat of this one.

It means that they must take advantage of their chance to sign Borini this summer and, if Liverpool truly are willing to listen to offers, they would be wise to be formulating plans to sign the Italian international already. 

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