Sunderland have completed the signing of striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool on a four-year deal worth around £8million.
The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season.
Borini became a fan favourite with 10 goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.
Head coach Dick Advocaat said: “Fabio is a great addition to the squad who will make our front line stronger.
“He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team.”
The club’s sporting director, Lee Congerton, added: “Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea.
“He has developed into a Barclays Premier League striker which we have already seen from his previous loan spell at the club, and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.”
The striker was on Wearside this afternoon to complete his medical.
Senior Sunderland sources indicated late last week that it was highly unlikely the Black Cats would re-sign former loanee Borini before the transfer deadline after making an enquiry with Liverpool earlier this month.
Borini was keeping his option open to see what developed in the final days of the transfer window, with Serie A pair Inter Milan and Fiorentina both interested, while Sunderland were were wary of putting all their efforts into the Italian, who rejected a £14million move to the Stadium of Light 12 months ago.
But Liverpool accepted the club’s offer yesterday and Borini agreed terms today.