Surely Newcastle United aren’t going to sign another former Sunderland player, right?
With Javier Manquillo, Ki Sung-Yeung and DeAndre Yedlin having already arrived on Tyneside via spells on the Wear, it has been claimed over in Italy that Fabio Borini could also stride down an increasingly well-worn path.
And Sunderland fans have not wasted an opportunity to mock their local rivals. After all, Borini was hardly a massive hit on Wearside given that he scored just 17 goals in 93 games for the Black Cats.
They just love buying ex sunderland players— Alf Bibby (@alfbibby) December 6, 2018
Couldn’t care less. Can’t hack the premier, let them sign him— Safc phil corcoran⚪️⚪️ (@cockneymackem) December 7, 2018
They'll be playing in red and white next— Kevin Armstrong (@Kevjarm) December 6, 2018
Next they will get camp, Vaughan and grabban ahahha— Jake Davison (@JakeDavison15) December 6, 2018
brutal player I hope yas sign him— Mark Lawton (@lawts26) December 6, 2018
Newcastle fans may be wondering out loud why Rafa Benitez apparently wants a player who hardly set the world alight a few miles down the road but the former Liverpool and Swansea City is not bereft of qualities.
Borini is a hard-working, passionate and versatile footballer who would give Benitez a range of tactical options. He is a striker by trade but has even played in a wing-back role at Milan, which will suit the Spaniard if he wants to make a three-man defence his go-to formation.