Sunderland boss explains failed deal for Liverpool forward Fabio Borini

Gus Poyet has been speaking about the deal to try sign Fabio Borini in the summer.

Last season Liverpool had an abundance of attacking options. With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge banging in the goals it meant the likes of Fabio Borini were always going to struggle to play regular first-team football.

With that in mind he was loaned out to Sunderland and had a great season on Wearside.

He scored 10 goals for The Black Cats in 40 appearances and became a fan favourite at the Stadium of Light.

However, despite the best efforts of Sunderland, they failed to sign the player.

It was reported in the summer that the club even agreed a fee with Liverpool, believed to be around £15 million, and the Anfield club were happy to let him go.

But it appears that Borini decided he wanted to try and force his way into the Liverpool first-team.

Yesterday Sunderland took on Liverpool, with Borini not even in the squad at Anfield.

So after the game Gus Poyet was asked whether he would still want him back at the club despite the summer rejection, which he also briefly explained.

He said to the media after the game:

"I would love to.

"It is difficult to explain. It was a long summer and the things everyone knows, we agreed a price and we flew to America (for Liverpool's pre-season tour) and he didn't come.

"The bottom line is he is not with us. I am trying to concentrate on what we have got."

In January Liverpool may look to make more changes to the team after their mixed start to the season and to do so certain players will have to leave - with Borini's exit continuing to look likely.

So don't be surprised if Sunderland come calling again in the winter.

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