Unwanted Liverpool forward Fabio Borini is to return to Sunderland on loan, according to reports on Thursday.
The Italian forward spent the 2013/14 season with the Black Cats side, scoring 12 goals in 41 appearances, but turned down a permanent move to the North East last summer after Liverpool reportedly accepted a bid in the region of £14 million.
That did not go down well at Anfield and thus he was marginalised for much of the season, starting just five times – scoring once, at Aston Villa in January.
This summer, Borini has been cast aside along with Mario Balotelli and Jose Enrique; not included in the club’s pre-season tour or any friendly games, and forced to train separately from the first-team squad.
The 24-year-old, signed by Brendan Rodgers in his first summer at Anfield three years ago, has been linked with a return to Italy and also with West Ham United.
Reports last week claimed Fiorentina had agreed a £7 million fee with Liverpool for Borini, but that personal terms were still to be agreed. It could be that the player is demanding too much and therefore Liverpool are unable to force a permanent move away.
Borini has two years left on his contract.