Sunderland boss Poyet still hopeful over Borini

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has admitted that he is still hopeful that he can sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini before the end of the transfer window, the Daily Express has reported.

The Italian spent most of last season on loan at Sunderland, scoring seven Premier League goals as he helped them survive relegation in the final week. Poyet has continued to express his desire to bring him in on a permanent basis, but a deal has so far yet to be struck with the transfer deadline now on the horizon.

A £12m fee had been agreed between Sunderland and Liverpool in July, but that particular deal fell through as Borini appeared to have a change of heart and joined the Reds on their pre-season tour of the United States.

Despite the club’s frustration at the lack of progress, Poyet is still determined to sign Borini, as well as two other players on loan. He said: “My situation with Fabio is clear. I know Fabio and he would always be my first choice.

“Like anyone around Sunderland we thought Fabio was in when the news came out that we had agreed a fee. Then when he jumped on the plane to America, we all asked the same question: What is going on?

“We were trying to get close to perfection. Perfection was getting as much of the squad right as early as possible, but it wasn’t possible, as simple as that. I don’t know. It’s a daily thing. There will be a few calls, but we’ll have to see. We haven’t put a date on it.

“We also have two loan signings available. It’s important to know all the options and yet you don’t know the options until the last moment.’

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Sunderland boss Poyet still hopeful over Borini

Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet is still hopeful that he can complete a deal to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini before the transfer deadline, BBC Sport has reported.

Borini spent last season at the Stadium of Light on loan and scored seven goals as the club made a late escape from the prospect of relegation to finish 14th in the Premier League. Poyet has attempted to bring back the Italian on a permanent basis, and made no secret of his desire to do so.

The Black Cats have already agreed a fee – thought to be around £14m – for Borini, only for a shoulder injury to slow things down. On Thursday, Poyet insisted that the deal is still on and that he is still working hard to sign Borini, and that he has not looked at any alternative options.

“We will keep working because we know him very well. I am still confident it will happen,” he said. “We knew that after the injury it would take a little bit longer,” Poyet added. “The longer it goes, of course you start looking for other options, because you have to – that’s my job. But every time you take a step forward in something, you stop because we want Fabio.”

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