Report explains why Sunderland's Fabio Borini has turned down Italy move

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini has been linked with a move away from the club.

Fabio Borini has turned down moves to Lazio and Sampdoria, the Sunderland Echo reports.

The report indicates that the Sunderland forward has opted against a return to his native country, Italy, in order to help the club retain their Premier League status for next season.

Borini has been the subject of speculation this month as the club look to make a number of changes to personnel in order to boost their chances of beating the drop.

The former Liverpool man has largely been on the peripherals of the first-team XI this season, although his obvious ability arguably makes him an ideal selling prospect in order to raise funds.

Serie A duo Lazio and Sampdoria have both made enquiries for the forward, but Borini has made his intentions clear how he plans on remaining at the Stadium of Light this month, according to Sunderland Echo.

The 24-year-old has made 12 Premier League starts this season, scoring just two goals. His presence in the side poses a problem for boss Sam Allardyce, what with the former Bolton Wanderers manager rather reluctant to trade his style of play and include more flair players.

Borini has the ability to make a difference in front of goal, but his possible inclusion could ultimately leave the side more open defensively and vulnerable when trying to defend leads.

The one-capped Italy international has also been linked with a move to Swansea City as part of a deal involving Andre Ayew [via Sky Sports], though that now appears like a non-starter.

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