FABIO BORINI is thought to have priced himself out of a move to Sunderland after seeing a deadine day switch to QPR fall through for similar reasons.
Sunderland brought in two South Americans on season-long loan deals yesterday after landing Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates, along with Inter Milan attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez.
But it was the failed pursuit of Liverpool frontman Borini which continued to capture attention on deadline day after Sunderland made late efforts to resurrect a deal for the Italian.
Liverpool accepted a £13million offer from QPR for Borini yesterday, only for the newly-promoted side to baulk at the 23-year-old’s wage demands.
And the Echo understands that was the underlying cause of Borini’s failed switch to the Stadium of Light in July after Sunderland’s £14m bid was accepted, albeit the forward was initially wary of leaving Liverpool too.
Sunderland subsequently spent the bulk of their transfer budget on £10m arrival Jack Rodwell, although the Black Cats were still prepared to make a permanent move for Borini yesterday.
Liverpool had been eager to offload Borini in the final hours of the window, yet the former Chelsea youngster now finds himself stuck as fourth choice in the pecking order at Anfield.
The arrival of Argentine international Alvarez should fill the void on the left-hand side of Sunderland’s forward line, although Poyet was looking to land Borini (right) as well.
Alvarez, who cost Inter around £11m three years ago, joins Sunderland initially on loan, but there is understood to be a clause to sign the 26-year-old on a permanent £8m deal next summer.
“It’s a great opportunity, a great club and I’m looking forward to playing in England and playing my part for Sunderland,” he said.
Alvarez is joined at the Stadium of Light by Coates, whose capture prevented Sunderland re-signing Borini on a second loan deal.
Poyet had been keeping tabs on his fellow Uruguayan for several weeks after he had been limited to a bit-part role in his three years at Liverpool.
And Coates, who will initially offer back-up to first-choice central defensive pair John O’Shea and Wes Brown, is delighted to have linked up with Poyet after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury last summer before returning to Uruguayan side Nacional on loan.
“He (Poyet) did really well for Uruguay and he was a great player,” Coates told the club website.
“As a manager, he’s done really well - at Brighton and at this club.
“For me, it’s important to be here. He spoke with me and I know what he wants from me.
“He tries to play really good football, so for me, that was important. I came from Liverpool and it’s the same style.
“Like every player, I want to play games. But for me, I want to stay fit after the injuries.
“My target is to be fit and when Gus wants me, I will be ready.
“I will try to get to know the manager and my team-mates.”