Fiorentina should attempt to bolster their attacking options with a move for unsettled Liverpool striker Fabio Borini in January.
The Italian, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, was linked with a move to Inter Milan but eventually opted to remain at Anfield. But with his talents wasted playing second fiddle to the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, he may wish to end his difficult spell on Merseyside for a new challenge in Serie A.
Luckless at Liverpool
Borini first arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2012, but after just two league goals was shipped to Wearside with Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas drafted in as his replacement.
He had initially been paired with Luis Suarez but an injury cut his season short and Daniel Sturridge subsequently arrived from Chelsea to add some much needed firepower.
The English international quickly formed a partnership with the Uruguayan and left any hopes of Borini securing a starting berth in tatters.
Sunderland then came in for him last summer, and took him to the Stadium of Light on loan just a year after his big move from Roma.
After initially struggling under the stewardship of Paulo di Canio, the appointment of Gus Poyet brought about an upturn in fortune and he soon established himself as the side’s talisman as they fought to avoid relegation.
They eventually did thanks to a late spree of good results, with their Italian striker particularly to the fore.
He scored a late winner at Stamford Bridge to end Chelsea’s unbeaten home record under Jose Mourinho and also found the net in their 3-1 Capital One final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.
The 24-year-old was impressive in the 2-2 draw against City at the Etihad Stadium in April and defied the boo boys to help inspire his side to a 1-0 win over Ryan Giggs’ Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Poyet attempted to bring him to the club on a permanent basis in the summer, but despite having his bid of £14million accepted failed to agree terms and saw the player return to Anfield as a result.
Inter have been eying him up but Fiorentina are the side whose need is greater.
Injuries to Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi have haunted them yet again, with the latter not expected to feature again until the New Year.
At 23-years-old, time is on his side to make his mark, with his time in the North East enough to provide evidence he could still succeed at the highest level.