Liverpool media round-up: Markovic loan deal, Reds confident of Borini departure

Fabio Borini

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to join Fenerbahce on loan for the season, according to the Liverpool Echo and other outlets, but the Reds insist he will return to Merseyside.

Markovic signed for £20 million (according to the BBC) from Benfica last season but struggled to adapt in a poor campaign for the Reds, and couldn't really find a role in the side. The Reds are hoping that a season away from the club where he can play regular football can benefit the 21-year-old's development. 

Last season the Serb managed to find the net on three occasions, but competition for places is fierce this term and he can't be promised regular football at Anfield. 

The Echo also reports that the Reds still expect striker Fabio Borini to leave the club this summer, with Tuesday's transfer deadline fast approaching. 

It is said that Liverpool will accept a loan deal to get the Italian off the books but would rather negotiate a permanent deal, with West Ham United, Fiorentina, Sunderland and Inter Milan all expressing an interest in the player.

Liverpool also believe the stance of Jose Enrique may change if offers come in before Tuesday, after the Spaniard suggested that he wants to stay at the club with one year remaining on his contract. Along with Borini and the recently loaned out Mario Balotelli, Enrique was told to train away from the first team and was left out of the pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia.

One more report from the Liverpool Echo suggests the Reds are close to completing the signing of 18-year-old Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

Awoniyi is expected to sign from Imperial Academy before being sent on a season-long loan, but he has also attracted the interest of Porto and Monaco.

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