Sunderland target Fabio Borini is waiting to see what interest materialises in the final days of the transfer window, before deciding on his future.
The Black Cats made an enquiry with Liverpool earlier this month over re-signing Borini on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent switch next summer.
Borini – who has two years to run on his contract – is still expected to leave Liverpool before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline, with Brendan Rodgers making it clear to the striker that he has no future at Anfield, where he has been training away from the rest of the first-team squad.
But Borini has consciously been biding his time over his next step; waiting to consider all the options that emerge by the transfer deadline.
Sunderland remain in the running, yet West Ham are also a potential option after the Hammers’ move for Juventus striker Simone Zaza fell through.
There are a host of suitors in Italy for Borini too, with Inter Milan and Fiorentina among those tracking the 24-year-old.
Despite Borini rejecting the chance to join Sunderland permanently 12 months ago, he remains on good terms with Black Cats sporting director Lee Congerton.
Borini was frank with Congerton last summer that he wanted to return to Liverpool and test himself in the Champions League, despite Sunderland’s £14million bid being accepted.
But it was ex-head coach Gus Poyet who drove Sunderland’s continued interest in the frontman, who was voted Young Player of the Season during his loan stint on Wearside in 2013-14.