Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is set to launch a second bid in order to secure the signature of Liverpool forward Fabio Borini after failing during the summer transfer window.
The Italy international was failed to switch a move away from Anfield and has been in a peripheral role for the Reds, who made just a single start in Premier League this season.
The 23-year-old has scored seven goals in 32 league appearances for the Black Cats while on loan at the Stadium of Light in the 2013-14 campaign.
The report claims that Poyet is keen to secure a permanent move for the striker, “I would love to [sign Borini],” he said. “It is difficult to explain [how the summer deal collapsed]. It was a long summer and the things everyone knows, we agreed a price and we flew to America [for Liverpool’s pre-season tour] and he didn’t come.
“The bottom line is he is not with us. I am trying to concentrate on what we have got.”
Borini has became an unwanted figure at Merseyside, who has scored just two goals in all competitions since he joined the club in 2012.