Sunderland fans mock Newcastle on Twitter about Fabio Borini rumours

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

After three years at Sunderland, could Fabio Borini return to the Premier League with the Black Cats' local rivals Newcastle United?

Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at Stadium of Light on April 15, 2017 in...

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.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Newcastle are interested in bringing the Italian back to the Premier League with his future at AC Milan uncertain.

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.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland is challenged by Jack Colback of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Sunderland at St James' Park on March 20,...

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.

Fabio Borini of AC Milan celebrates with team mate Franck Kessie after scoring the opening goal during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between AC Milan and Ludogorets Razgrad at the...


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