With only hours to go in the transfer window, what had until recently seemed a likely transfer to QPR for Fabio Borini appears to have fallen through. A £10M base fee rising to £13M with all add-ons had been agreed between the clubs, but QPR's owner says he believes the deal will not go through due to Borini's wage demands.
"I'm not confident Borini will happen," said QPR owner Tony Fernandes when asked about the potential signing of the Livrpool striker by a SkySports reporter. "I think the player's expectations, the agent's expectations, they aren't realistic—people have to be realistic. We can't be silly with what we do, so I'm not confident it will happen."
Borini was reportedly demanding £90k a week while QPR were offering £58k, and though QPR's high-spending ways might have led people to suspect a compromise could be reached, that now appears unlikely. A deal isn't impossible, but with the two sides well apart the signals are that QPR will turn back to trying to sign Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe.
With Sunderland reportedly having turned their attention to Danny Welbeck, Fabio Borini now appears increasingly likely to end the day as a Liverpool player unless a the striker quickly lowers his wage demands. There are no signs of Liverpool having explored potential loan destinations for Borini in case a permanent deal couldn't be struck.