Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is close to sealing a season-long loan move to Sunderland.
According to BBC Sport, the Italian is keen on moving after a tough first season at the Anfield club has left him low down in the pecking order.
Borini, a £10.5million signing from Roma last summer, only managed two goals in 20 appearances in all competitions after his arrival and has seen his chances further limited by the form of Daniel Sturridge and the possible imminent return of Luis Suarez.
The striker also struggled with injury in a tough season with Liverpool and Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio could now give the Italian a chance to prove himself with a season at the Stadium of Light.
Di Canio will be looking for Borini to recapture the form shown during his time at Roma in the hope that he fires the Black Cats away from a potential relegation fight this season, with the club currently languishing in 19th place in the Premier League.
Sunderland have already made 12 signings this summer in what has been a complete club overhaul by Di Canio, and they are hoping that Borini can become lucky number 13 as the madness of the transfer window comes to an end.
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