The Fabio Borini saga continues to drag it heels, with Fiorentina having seemingly retaken the lead in the race to sign the out of favour Liverpool striker.
The Reds have been actively looking to sell the player for more than a year, with Borini having turned down moves to both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers last summer and promised to stay and fight for his place (via the Daily Mail).
After a year on the sidelines the 23-year-old has belatedly accepted that his Liverpool career is over, but now faces a battle to find a new employer before the transfer window closes, as the Liverpool Echo explain.
According to the Echo, who quote Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade, the Italian club believe Borini could be the ideal replacement for the departed Mario Gomez and plan on partnering the former Roma man with Dnipro striker Nikola Kalinic – who is thought to be close to completing his move from Ukraine (via Goal).
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“We’re conducting negotiations with Dnipro,” Prade said. “There are several negotiations in progress, all with the consultation of coach (Paulo) Sousa.
“Fabio Borini? He’s one of many possible solutions. The priority is to buy a striker.”
The source states that West Ham, Lazio and Inter Milan are also interested, with the Reds looking for a fee of around £8m.
Borini has certainly endured a forgettable three-year spell with Liverpool, the best moments of which came during his loan spell with Sunderland during the 2013-14 season, when he reached and scored in the League Cup final.
The player has sadly never quite lived up to his early potential and now, with five players arguably ahead of him in the pecking order for a striking role, it would be best for all parties if a deal was wrapped up later this month.