Report: Liverpool want a permanent Sunderland deal for Fabio Borini

Reports have circulated suggesting Fabio Borini could return to Sunderland.

Liverpool would rather their striker Fabio Borini left the club on a permanent deal rather than on loan according to the Liverpool Echo, amid reports that Sunderland are interested in taking the forward back to the Stadium of Light. 

Borini is out of favour at Anfield having being left at home while the Reds went to the Far East and Australia on a pre-season tour and is way down the pecking order at the club following the arrival of Christian Benteke and Danny Ings, along with Divock Origi who had been on loan at Lille.

The Italian has two years left on his contract at Anfield. He signed for the club for £10.5 million in the summer of 2012 but after an unsuccessful first season he was loaned to the Black Cats.

During his time there he helped them to the League Cup final and avoid relegation in the latter stages of the season, but then he turned down the opportunity to make that move permanent after the Reds accepted a £14 million bid for him.

However, his decision to stay at Liverpool has not been rewarded as he has not got much game time, and found the net just once since his return to Merseyside.

There had been reports that a return to Italy was on the cards but the Black Cats appear to offer him a way to stay in the Premier League as they look to bolster their attacking options.

It is hard to see Liverpool accepting another loan deal for the player and will be keen to offload him. Not only has Borini not played much during his three seasons at Anfield but it will be another player off the wage bill - something which the club's owners Fenway Sports Group have demonstrated they are keen on doing.

His days at Anfield seem to be over, another reason why Liverpool will want to move Borini on on a permanent basis. 

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