Brendan Rodgers is hoping to complete deals that would see both Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli leave Anfield on loan this summer.
According to the Guardian, Sunderland are planning to bring Borini back on a season-long loan. The Italian had been one of the players that helped guide the Black Cats away from the relegation zone in 2014, scoring seven goals in 32 Premier League games.
However, he turned down the opportunity to join them permanently when they offered the Reds £14m at the end of his spell in the north-east (via Guardian).
Having struggled once again to make any kind of impact on Merseyside – with just one goal last season – it appears that he may be more willing to return.
Meanwhile, Balotelli looks set to head back to Italy, with Sampdoria hoping to bring the controversial striker to the club, according to the Daily Express.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career in his home country (scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances for Roma during the 2011/12 season), so may relish the opportunity to rebuild his reputation, and possibly earn a recall to the national side.
However, the Express suggest that the Serie A side will not be able to pay even half his wages, meaning that the Reds may have to take a hit if they want Balotelli off their books.
With several high-quality names through the door this summer, Rodgers will be looking to round off this window by getting rid of the deadwood that remains in the squad. While both strikers have enjoyed successful spells in their respective careers, their stints at Anfield will not be ones that they will probably look back on with much fondness.
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