The Journal reports that Sunderland are willing to sell two of their forwards in order to fund a move for Liverpool frontman Fabio Borini. The paper confirms that the Wearside club want to bring Borini back after he impressed during his season long loan.
Scoring 10 goals in his time at the Stadium of Light the 23 year old became a favourite of fans after putting in a series of strong performances and scoring against their rivals Newcastle United.
In order to fund the transfer Sunderland would be willing to sell both Danny Graham and Ignacio Scocco. Graham has had an unsuccessful time on Wearside, spending the last several months on loan at Middlesbrough. Scocco on the other hand has made only 6 appearances since joining the club, with fans viewing him as a flop.
Borini’s first team opportunities may be limited at Liverpool as they have a wealth of attacking talent including Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
They have also confirmed the signing of Rickie Lambert, moving the Italian striker further down the pecking order. This could prove as a catalyst for the striker to seek a move as he has gone on record saying that he has enjoyed making regular appearances saying:
“It has been a great season. I’ve had 39 appearances after a year when I was injured. It was a hard season and the hardest I’ve ever had because we have been constantly fighting, but this builds your character.
If Borini does have to leave Merseyside a move back to the North East may well be to his liking, as he has previously stated how much he loved playing for the Black Cats:
“I have enjoyed every second at Sunderland. It has been great from the fans, the city and everyone in the club. The love and friendship that they give me through the season has been incredible.”
Manager Gus Poyet might have to battle with a number of Italian clubs in order to secure the players signature if Liverpool do see him as surplus to requirements.