West Ham linked with Liverpool striker, as reported transfer race hots up

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West Ham United are the latest club to be linked with unwanted Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, with The Times reporting that the Italian has been the subject of an inquiry from the London side.

Borini, who is well down the pecking order at Anfield following the summer arrivals of Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Divock Origi – who returns after a season on loan at Lille – has seemingly been deemed surplus to requirements.

The 24-year-old played no part in our pre-season campaign and has reportedly been asked to train away from the rest of the first-team squad, along with teammates Mario Balotelli and Jose Enrique (via Daily Mail).

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As The Times state, Fiorentina were thought to be the favourites to complete a deal in the coming weeks, but an injury crisis for Slaven Bilic’s side has led to the Croatian considering a move for Liverpool’s out-of-favour forward.

Star striker Enner Valencia is expected to be out for up to three months after injuring both his right knee and ankle (via The Guardian), leaving the Hammers slightly short up front.

According to the Daily Express, we are demanding £8m for Borini, who scored just once for us last year, but did manage to find the net on ten occasions the previous season, which he spent on loan at Sunderland.

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