Sunderland has completed the £10m transfer of Italian forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool.
Borini who had a loan spell at the Stadium of Light during the 2013/14 season re-joins the Black Cats after a lacklustre career at Anfield.
The Italian scored seven goals during his first spell including the opening goal in Sunderland’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the 2014 Capital One Cup final but rejected a permanent deal last summer.
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He was subject to bids this summer from Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Premier League new-boys Watford but all were rejected by Liverpool.
Sunderland had an initial fee of £8m accepted by the Reds with the transfer potentially rising to £10m due to add-ons according to the BBC.
Borini was current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ first signing as manager in July 2012 from AS Roma for £11m after spells working with Rodgers at Swansea City and Chelsea but failed to impress on Merseyside.
The 24-year-old only scored three goals in 38 appearances in a Liverpool shirt over three years and was mostly consigned to the bench, his last goal for the club coming against Aston Villa in January 2015.
The Italian however is a big favourite on Wearside for his contributions in keeping Sunderland in the Premier League in 2014 – including scoring the winning goal to inflict Jose Mourinho’s first ever home defeat as Chelsea manager during their amazing end to season.
Elsewhere, 29-year-old full back Jose Enrique may be on his way out too, with West Bromwich Albion interested in his services.
Enrique, signed by Rodgers’ predecessor Kenny Dalgish has struggled to find his place back in the Liverpool team since two injury-ravaged seasons which as seen him play only 12 matches since the end of the 2012/13 season.
With both Alberto Moreno and now Joe Gomez ahead of Enrique it is unlikely he would feature for Liverpool this season either.
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