Bologna director: Fabio Borini was the first player I called in January

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Liverpool striker Fabio Borini came close to rejoining Bologna in January, the club where he first began his career before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2007.

The Italian outfit's sporting director Pantaleo Corvino confirmed in an interview with Tutto Bologna that he held preliminary talks with the 23-year-old about a potential switch to Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

Borini has struggled for regular game time at Anfield so far this season, making just three Premier League starts for Brendan Rodgers's side, and was offered the chance to return to the club where he previously spent six years working his way up through the youth ranks.

Bologna are currently languishing in the second tier of Italian football, but remain hopeful of winning promotion back to the top-flight in 2015. If they achieve that then manager Diego Lopez will surely have a better chance of luring the Reds forward back to the Rossoblu next term.

"Borini was the first player I called in January," admitted Corvino. "But we decided to talk about it again in the future."

With Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli and even Rickie Lambert all ahead of Borini in the first-team pecking order it looks as though the Italian will need to leave Anfield in order to ascertain more frequent action.

Of course, he spent last season on loan with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, but turned down the chance to make his move to Wearside permanent, choosing to remain on Merseyside and fight for his place in Rodgers's team instead.

However, the versatile attacker is now probably regretting the decision taken back in the summer as he continues to be marginalised from the Liverpool team, with a bit-part role the best he can expect between now and the end of the campaign.

Having made just 23 league appearances since joining the club back in 2012 and contributing only two goals, it's easy to see why Rodgers would be willing to cash-in on the out-of-favour frontman, particularly if Liverpool re-enter the transfer market themselves for more recruits ahead of 2015/16.

Last month the Reds boss heaped praise on Borini after his goalscoring contribution following a rare start in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa, praising the peripheral figure's unwavering commitment and determination in training.

"I think Fabio is a great example of persistence," he told the Liverpool Echo. "He hasn't featured a great deal over the course of the season, but it hasn't stopped him training well and working hard."

That impressive attitude is surely the reason why Borini continues to attract attention from a growing list of admirers - not just his hometown club Bologna - and he'll prove to be an astute signing for whichever suitor successfully snaps him up at the end of the season.

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