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Rumour Mongering: Borini to Sunderland Back On

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Despite Fabio Borini signalling he would remain at Liverpool, rumours suggest Gus Poyet is making one final effort to convince him to move to Sunderland.

Stu Forster

Liverpool and Sunderland agreed a deal for Fabio Borini some time ago, and though Liverpool are happy to keep the 23-year-old attacker if he continues to reject the Black Cats' advances, they would be equally happy with the £14M on offer for him. As a result, Sunderland are still free to talk to Borini and his representatives; to try and convince him to make the switch.

According to a handful of tabloids, they've done just that in recent days, with Gus Poyet making a renewed effort to convince the Italian that his future lies at Sunderland. Poyet did confirm last week that he remained interested in Borini but that Sunderland had other options they would pursue if he couldn't be convinced to join up full time.

If true, it is likely this would represent Sunderland's final push for the player—and that if Borini can't be convinced now, they will move on in an attempt to get an attacker in before the start of the Premier League season. If the season kicks off and Borini still isn't a Sunderland player, it will almost certainly mean he's staying at Liverpool for at least one more season.

Borini is currently back in England undergoing treatment for a shoulder strain suffered against Roma during Liverpool's pre-season tour.