GUS POYET has confirmed Sunderland are waiting to discuss personal terms with Fabio Borini after agreeing a fee for the Liverpool striker.
Sunderland took a big step towards re-signing last season’s loan success Borini yesterday when they agreed a fee of £14million with Liverpool for the Italian.
And after today’s opening pre-season friendly against Darlington 1883, Poyet confirmed that Sunderland are now just waiting to hold talks with Borini himself, although the 23-year-old is thought to be keen on a return to the Stadium of Light.
“What I can say is that we have agreed (a deal) with Liverpool, we are waiting for correspondence and then we move on from there,” said Poyet after Sunderland’s 5-1 victory against the Quakers.
“It’s clear the impact Fabio had last season.
“And we are going to spend that amount of money on a player that we know how much he can give us.
“He would be perfect for us.
“It’s an ongoing thing.
“We have done the steps that we needed to do properly, and now we are waiting. We want to do things the right way.”
Borini finished Sunderland’s joint-top scorer last season with 10 goals and the Black Cats have been in talks with Liverpool throughout the summer.
And despite handing Borini a start in Liverpool’s friendly with Preston today, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed the former Chelsea youngster’s likely departure.
“He spent a really successful period with Sunderland last year and it’s obviously a fantastic club,” said Rodgers.
“They’ve offered to buy Fabio and that’s where it’s at.
“There is an agreement between the two clubs, but nothing is agreed with the player as of yet.
“So at the moment he’s still very much a Liverpool player, but when that changes I’m sure you’ll be among the first to know.”