Brendan Rodgers is prepared to use Fabio Bornini as a bargaining tool to try and tempt Southampton to part company with star man Adam Lallana and Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, according to the Daily Mirror.
Rodgers, who has unfinished business with the south coast side after signing striker Rickie Lambert, is determined to land the duo and bring them to Anfield. However, negotiations seem to be at a standstill, until after the World Cup at least.
The Liverpool boss may find this deal to be more difficult then anticipated as Southampton are demanding £30 million for Lallana alone, which is £10 million more than the Anfield club are willing to pay. Although Rodgers has indicated that he may try and exchange striker Fabio Borini in order to bring the price down.
Borini, who excelled on loan at Sunderland last season, is thought to be looking at options away from Merseyside as playing time may not come too often with Luis Suarez and now new addition Lambert as competition.
Persuading the Saints to part with defender Lovren may also prove extremely tough. Although Lovren - who is currently at the World Cup with Croatia - has already handed in a transfer request to try a force a move away from the club, Southampton will be wanting as much as £16 million if they are going to sell.
As it stands, any agreement between the two clubs has hit a brick wall but Rodgers is confident he will have a trio of former Saints players to face their former club on the opening weekend of the new season, even if it goes down to the wire on transfer deadline day.
If that deal for Lallana and Lovren was to be made, it could suit Liverpool, Southampton and indeed Fabio Borini perfectly.
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