SUNDERLAND have ruled out reviving their interest in Liverpool striker Fabio Borini in the January transfer window.
The Black Cats spent all summer attempting to bring last season’s loanee Borini back to the Stadium of Light after agreeing a club record-equalling £14m fee with Liverpool.
But despite Gus Poyet making Borini his No1 target, the Italian effectively priced himself out a move to Sunderland – and then QPR on deadline day – with his £90,000 a week wage demands.
The Gazette understands that Sunderland have no intention of becoming embroiled in another transfer saga involving Borini and are looking at alternative targets for next month’s window.
The Black Cats have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.
But Sunderland hope that the return to fitness of on-loan Inter Milan attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez will boost their goal threat, while Connor Wickham has begun to make an impression in the left-sided forward role where Borini thrived last season.
Sunderland were looking to bring in another central midfielder and a long-term centre-half during the summer, and they also remain areas that Poyet is keen to strengthen.
Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk was one of Sunderland’s main targets for the defensive role, although the Dutchman’s £10m asking price proved to be prohibitive, with Arsenal rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old too.
But the Black Cats are in the midst of finalising their wish-list for January, with Poyet holding another meeting with sporting director Lee Congerton at the Academy of Light yesterday morning.
“We’ve had two or three meetings already about targets for January,” said Poyet. “We’re trying to define names and numbers.
“Most of the sporting directors I know want the whole of December to plan it.”