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 after West Brom emerged as late suitors.
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, 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.
West Brom ARE firmly interested in signing Sessegnon after drawing a blank in each of their first three games.
But it is unclear whether the Baggies would be prepared to make a permanent or loan move for the former Paris St-Germain man.
Sunderland also hope to add a left-back to the squad today, although if Borini moves to the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats will be ruled out of the chase for Manchester United’s Alex Buttner due to the limits on domestic loans.
Paolo Di Canio’s side would reach their two-loan quota after completing the signing of South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung from Swansea on Saturday.
But Sunderland held talks over the weekend for Napoli’s former Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena after the 31-year-old’s loan switch to Torino fell through last week.
Dossena failed a medical at Torino due to a thigh injury which is likely to keep him sidelined for a fortnight, but Sunderland have joined the race to sign him on loan.
There were also reports in France yesterday linking Sunderland with St Etienne left-back Faouzi Ghoulam.
Sunderland, along with Torino and QPR, are said to have made an enquiry over taking the Algerian on loan, with a view to a permanent move next summer.
There could be further departures from the Stadium of Light before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
David Vaughan - the subject of interest from Palace throughout the summer - is available if Sunderland’s £1million asking price is met.
And Bundesliga outfit Augsburg remain interested in Ji Dong-won after his successful loan spell with the German outfit last summer.
Sunderland, who rejected a £4million offer for Ji during the close season, would have to slash their asking price for the South Korean though, who was hooked off at half-time at Palace.
But after finalising a move for Ki on Saturday, Sunderland head coach Di Canio has played down the prospects of a succession of deadline day arrivals.
“The club is working on it,” said Di Canio. “We will see. I don’t want to say one or two.
“One player has already joined us and we will see if another one joins us. If he does, he’s more than welcome.
“Otherwise, we are going to work with the players we’ve got.”