Fabio Borini “will only join Sunderland on loan” to keep Liverpool dream alive

Liverpool forward Fabio Borini says he will only leave the club to return to Sunderland this summer if it’s a loan deal.

DUBLIN, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Liverpool's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring the second goal against Shamrock Rovers during a postseason friendly match at Lansdowne Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds have already agreed a £14 million fee with the Black Cats for the sale of the Italian, but Borini doesn’t want a permanent move, according to the Daily Mirror:

Borini is still top of Poyet’s wish list and the decision is now down to Liverpool who were happy to cash in but may have to settle for a much smaller loan fee.

Borini enjoyed a successful stay at the Stadium of Light last season, scoring 10 goals in 29 appearances.

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With Liverpool on the verge of signing Borini’s fellow countryman Mario Balotelli in a £16 million deal from AC Milan, the former Roma striker’s chances at Liverpool look bleaker.

On Sunday, Sunderland boss Guy Poyet was still hopeful of signing Borini.

Speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League, the Uruguayan boss told Sky Sports, “We’re still going and we’re still trying. Nothing has changed, for good or for bad.”

Liverpool and Sunderland have until 11pm BST on Monday, September 1st to decide Borini’s future, with Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva also rumoured to be set to leave Anfield.