Fabio Borini could return to the Stadium of Light after Sunderland were linked with a move for the out-of-favour Liverpool forward.
Borini was not among the targets Sunderland were looking at to boost their forward line at the start of this month after the club’s bank balance was boosted by the £9million sale of Connor Wickham.
But reports today have suggested that Sunderland have performed a U-turn over the Italian and are eyeing a loan switch for the 24-year-old, who rejected the chance to join the Black Cats in a £14m switch 12 months ago.
Since the start of August, Sunderland have been hit by the news that winger Adam Johnson will be out for at least two months with a dislocated shoulder.
And Sunderland still haven’t added to their striking department, although they remain hopeful of sealing a loan deal for Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj.
After rejecting Sunderland’s advances last summer following a successful season-long loan, Borini started just three times in the Premier League last season for Liverpool.
But it has been made clear to him that he has no future at Anfield and he has been in talks over a return to his native Italy.
Borini only has 12 months left on his contract at Liverpool and is surplus to requirements, along with former Newcastle defender Jose Enrique and fellow forward Mario Balotelli.