Sunderland has completed a £7 million move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini. The player was presented by the club on Monday.
Borini, 24, will make his second stint at the club as he spent the 2013-2014 season on loan with the Black Cats, scoring 10 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions. Borini has signed a four-year contract with the club. Manager Dick Advocaat spoke to safc.com about his new striker after the deal was completed.
“Fabio is a great addition to the squad who will make our front line stronger,” Advocaat said. “He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team.”
Borini was deemed unwanted by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after the team’s big shopping spree this summer. Borini was banned from training with the first team and put up for sale. In 38 appearances for Liverpool, Borini scored three goals.
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“Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea,” said Sunderland’s sporting director Lee Congerton. “He has developed into a Barclays Premier League striker which we have already seen from his previous loan spell at the club, and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.”
The pressure on Borini to score goals will be high as Sunderland has struggled to start the season. In four games, the team has two losses and two draws which leaves them in last place in the Premier League table. Borini has one cap for the Italian national team, and could make his Sunderland debut after the international break when Sunderland host Tottenham Hotspur.