According to a report from Sky Sports Italia, Lazio are the favourites ahead of West Ham United to sign Liverpool misfit Fabio Borini, with the Italian expected to leave his current employers this summer.
The former Chelsea striker has lost his way somewhat on Merseyside, making just three Premier League starts last season despite a successful loan spell at Sunderland prior to that.
West Ham, as reported in the Independent, have been linked with a move for the player, and the Hammers’ dire need for a new striker could see the club make a concrete offer before the end of the transfer window.
However, the East Londoners may not have long to make their move as the latest from Italy claims that Borini has already agreed a switch to Lazio, with talks between the clubs ongoing.
“For the moment, Lazio have an agreement with the player but not with Liverpool who Pioli & co have offered € 2.5 million cash and another € 2.5 million in bonuses,” Sky Sports Italia say.
No future at Anfield:
Even if against the odds Borini isn’t sold this summer, the 24-year-old has no future with the Reds and will earn little game time this coming season due to the heavy competition for places.
Attackers Roberto Firmino, Christain Benteke and Danny Ings have all moved to Anfield this summer, while boss Brendan Rodger also has options in Divock Origi and Mario Balotelli.
Considering West Ham’s striker shortage, due to Enner Valencia’s long-term injury layoff, there is always the option of a possible Premier League loan move, though most signs point to a return to Italy for the ex-Roma forward.