According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sunderland plan to tell Fabio Borini he is no longer wanted in an attempt to force him to move on.
Sunderland allegedly want to use Borini as part of a swap deal as they attempt to sign Swansea City’s Andre Ayew.
The Black Cats are said to be willing to offer the Welsh side £10 million and Borini to sign the Ghanaian, but the Italian striker’s reluctance to leave the Stadium of Light is proving problematic, the Mail suggests.
Borini is reportedly perfectly content at Sunderland and he has no intention of leaving to move to the Liberty Stadium.
However, Sam Allardyce’s side are set to force his hand, by telling the former Liverpool man he is no longer wanted.
Borini only arrived at Sunderland in the summer transfer window, but he has struggled to make much of an impact.
Borini has only scored two goals in his first 15 appearances, and it seems that Allardyce has lost faith in the 24-year-old as he attempts to ensure his side remains a top-flight club next season.
Sunderland are currently 19th in the Premier League, four points clear of safety with 15 matches remaining.