Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still confident in signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini before the transfer window closes, despite talks being stalled.
The Black Cats had a £14 million bid accepted for the Italian accepted last month, however it seems that Borini, who spent last season on loan at The Stadium Of Light, doesn't want to return to the club.
Instead, the vibe is that Borini would rather stay at Anfield and fight for his place.
Nonetheless, Poyet has made Borini his main target and believes he'll get his man sooner rather than later. Talking to the Daily Mirror, Poyet said:
"We're waiting but there's nothing I can tell you because there's no more than last week, no less than next week probably. It's still ongoing.
"We will keep working because we know him very well. Fabio ticks all the boxes because we know what we are going to get.
"We're still confident it is going to happen, but the longer it goes, the more we have to look at other options because that's my job. But every time you are about to make a step
forward (with another target) you stop because you still want Fabio.
"It cannot happen that we are left with nobody though. It is a position we need to improve, but there are other positions we are looking at as well and I am working very hard to get the rest of the players we need."
Borini had a highly successful year at Sunderland last season, appearing 32 times and netting seven goals including a penalty away in the 2-1 victory at Chelsea that helped the North-East side avoid relegation
Time for Borini to go
The former Roma man is seemingly full of confidence after such a good season last year. He played the majority of the season, which gave him vital experience in the Premier League. Clearly, he believes that his success at Sunderland can be interpreted at Anfield especially playing alongside better team-mates.
However, he clearly isn't in manager Brendan Rogers' plans. The Northern Irishman has signed four attacking minded players in Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and David Origi (albeit he is loaned to Lille this season) and the Reds boss still looks to strengthen with another striker.
Add that to players such as Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho who also are well ahead of Borini in the pecking order.
If the Italian does stay at Anfield, he would severely lack first-team oppurtunies and would likely only feature in Capital One Cup and early FA Cup fixtures.
Matter of time before he leaves
Nonetheless, Rogers could be waiting to sign the striker he has been searching for before he allows Borini to go. With Liverpool now competing in the Champions League, they need as big a squad as possibly to cope with the extra games.
When Borini was to leave, the Reds expected to sign Loic Remy for QPR. However as Remy failed his medical, Borini's move to Sunderland was stalled.
Therefore, Rogers - who has been linked to several strikers in recent days including Ramadel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Wilfred Bony - must be playing a game of patients instead of throwing all of his eggs into one basket.