Liverpool forward keen on Italy loan switch

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Liverpool forward Fabio Borini would consider a loan move to Italy for the second half of the season, according to the player's agent.

Marco De Marchi claims his client would end his loan spell at Sunderland in the January transfer window if he could secure a temporary switch back to Serie A.

And De Marchi says he's already sounded out Inter Milan's interest in the player.

"Does Walter Mazzarri [Inter boss] appreciate him?" said De Marchi as reported by the Daily Star. "I was in the Inter headquarters a few days ago, but there was no formal request.

"I can say that if Fabio's situation doesn't change in the next month, we could evaluate a return to Italy so that he can find the consistency he needs ahead of the World Cup.

"Borini would absolutely love to take part in that tournament.

"Liverpool will not let go of the player definitively, so it would still be a loan spell. He is a modern striker, has an eye for goal and is appreciated by many in Italy and beyond."

The Italy international forward joined Sunderland at the start of the season, but has scored just once for the Black Cats.

Even a change of manager - Sunderland ditched Paolo Di Canio for Gus Poyet last month - has not improved his fortunes at the Stadium of Light, and with the World Cup looming, he clearly wants first-team football.

That's unlikely to come at Anfield, even if he does cut his loan spell at Sunderland short.

The Reds signed him from Roma for £10m in the summer of 2012, but Brendan Rodgers seems to have moved on. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have formed an exceptional partnership at Anfield, with Iago Aspas, Victor Moses and Luis Alberto in reserve for Liverpool boss Rodgers.

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