We unsuccessfully tried to offload Fabio Borini last season, with the Italian determined to remain at the club and fight for his place. But after he failed to nail down a starting spot this past season – despite our complete lack of options in the striker department – he seems to have finally realised that his Liverpool career is over.
We are reportedly weighing up our options, with two Premier League clubs seemingly appearing as potential destinations for the 24-year-old. West Ham are allegedly keen to bring him to Upton park, but Brendan Rodgers may be looking to use him as a makeweight in a potential deal for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, according to The Independent.
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The Independent suggests that new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is contemplating an £8m bid for Borini, which is substantially less than the £14m we could have got for him last season (via The Guardian).
If we were to knock the same amount off of the alleged £32.5m (via The Independent) fee Villa are demanding for Benteke he would still cost us £24.5m, which is arguably still a little much for the Belgian powerhouse.
There are arguably far better options available, and we certainly shouldn’t be too hasty in this summer’s transfer window. Getting Borini off our books is certainly important, but we need to make sure we replace him with real quality.
Having already signed Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bodgan, and Joe Gomez, we have certainly added numbers to the squad. We need to ensure that we are signing players of the highest calibre as well however, as we deserve to be challenging for the highest honours.