LIVERPOOL forward Fabio Borini is expected to finalise a season-long loan to Sunderland today, as the Black Cats look to add up to two new faces on deadline day.
But the arrival of Borini won’t necessarily spell the end of Stephane Sessegnon’s Sunderland career, with the 29-year-old’s future still hanging in the balance.
Borini was due to pen a deal with the Black Cats today after being pushed down the pecking order at Anfield following the captures of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, with Chelsea’s Victor Moses expected to complete a season-long loan too.
The 22-year-old, not involved in Liverpool’s win over Manchester United yesterday, started just five Premier League outings for Brendan Rodgers’ side in his maiden campaign on Merseyside last season – partly due to a three-month absence with a broken foot – with his only goal coming in April’s 6-0 romp at Newcastle.
And that has prompted Sunderland to make a loan move for the Italian international, who cost Liverpool £10.5million 12 months ago.
The capture of Borini will take Sunderland’s quota of strikers to six and raises the likelihood that Sessegnon will leave the club today after he was left out of the squad which succumbed to newly-promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday.
But it appears the Benin international’s proposed £5m move to Qatari side El Jaish is not as advanced as first thought after he was charged with drink-driving in Newcastle last week.
Sunderland are not thought to have received a concrete bid from El Jaish for Sessegnon, even though there has been contact between the two clubs.
And while it remains a possibility that Sessegnon could still head to the Middle East before the deadline, the deal would have to be financially viable for Sunderland to part company with the 29-year-old.
There were weekend reports linking West Brom with Sessegnon too, although that is not thought to be likely, according to sources in the West Midlands.