What looked like a done deal back in May has become a nightmare for Sunderland and Gus Poyet, and as today drags on, it only looks to be getting worse. Fabio Borini has, at various times this summer, been set for a permanent move to Sunderland, a loan deal to Sunderland, a loan-to-buy at AC Milan, and maybe a shared loan with Inter that would see him only play matches at the San Siro all season.
And now, like any good transfer window saga, Harry Redknapp is involved, with reports from James Pearce at the Echo that Redknapp's QPR are not only interested in buying the Italian forward if their pursuit of Jermain Defoe falls through as originally reported, but that Liverpool have accepted a £12m offer:
#LFC are in talks with #QPR over the possible sale of Fabio Borini. Would be a permanent deal— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 1, 2014
QPR looking to buy Borini off #LFC if their move for Jermain Defoe doesn't materialise.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 1, 2014
#LFC have accepted QPR offer. Deal worth around £12million including add ons for Borini. Player granted permission to hold talks— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) September 1, 2014
As with so much that happens on the final day of the transfer window, there's no telling what will actually pan out, but right it looks likely that Borini will indeed be staying in the Premier League, but it'll be London rather than the Northeast. Even when a deal is struck, Fabio Borini's future is in flux, and hopefully one way or another some sort of deal is finalized in the next few hours.