Sunderland are still hopeful of landing Fabio Borini and Marcos Alonso despite the ongoing saga over their transfers.
The Black Cats manager, Gus Poyet, has spoken about his confidence that the deals will progress.
Speaking in The Shield’s Gazette the manager explained that recent speculation that the hold in in the transfer for Liverpool striker Borini was not due to the player wanting to move to the Stadium of Light, but also because of other issues.
“And with all respect to the media, they do not know everything that is going on. It is not for me to explain, but it is not just a question of Fabio wanting to come or not.
“There are many, many things to look at, and unfortunately I cannot comment on those.”
Borini spent last season on loan at Sunderland and was named Young Player of the Year after putting in a number of impressive performances. He was also their top scorer, finding the net ten times throughout the year.
Sunderland have reportedly had a £14 million bid accepted by Liverpool for the 23-year-old forward, However, the deal appeared to have stalled over the last few days with Borini heading to the USA with Liverpool for pre-season preparations.
Meanwhile Gus Poyet also moved to quell fears that the Alonso deal had also collapsed. The young left back also spent last season on loan at Sunderland and was vital in helping them stay in The Premier League. The Chronicle quotes Poyet as stating that the deal is still on track and is progressing.
“Everything is on track. These deals, for everything to come together, so many people need to be happy. It’s not that easy.
“We need to look at other things as well because depending on how much you spend on a player, it depends what else you’ve got.
“We’re trying hard. It’s been a bit more difficult than I expected, but we’re not going to stop.”
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