Inter Milan have entered the race for Sunderland target Fabio Borini, with the Italian giants ready to meet Liverpool’s asking price for the striker.
Sunderland made an enquiry for former loanee Borini last week after learning that Adam Johnson was facing around six weeks on the sidelines with a shoulder problem, albeit that injury news was more positive than first feared.
According to reports in Italy, Inter boss Roberto Mancini has given the go-ahead for the club to move for Borini
The Black Cats have been looking to take Borini on a season-long loan, although Liverpool are likely to insist on a permanent clause, with boss Brendan Rodgers keen to offload the 24-year-old, who has no future at Anfield.
However, while Sunderland are yet to strike any deal with Liverpool, the Black Cats are understood to be wary of whether Borini will be tempted by the lure of returning to his native Italy, particularly given the current situation at the Stadium of Light.
Both Fiorentina and Lazio have been interested in Borini, although there have been question marks over whether either would be willing to match Liverpool’s asking price, plus the Italy international’s wages.
But according to reports in Italy, Inter boss Roberto Mancini has given the go-ahead for the club to move for Borini.
Sunderland need to boost their attacking options though with a couple of fresh faces before the transfer deadline in a fortnight after their dismal start to the campaign.
There were high hopes that a season-long loan for Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj was on the verge of being done at the start of August.
But Man United still haven’t completed a move for Barcelona winger Pedro, while Januzaj started and scored the winner in last week’s victory at Aston Villa.
Reports in Holland have linked Sunderland with Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller and the 21-year-old fits the mould of the targetman Advocaat still wants to land.
Utrecht are looking for a fee in excess of £7million though for the frontman, who has been on the radar of Brentford this summer.
Meanwhile, it is understood that there is no substance to weekend reports that Championship outfit Brighton want to sign Danny Graham on loan, with the Sunderland striker in the last year of his contract.