SUNDERLAND are tonight thought to have agreed a fee with Liverpool for their main summer target Fabio Borini.
The Black Cats have been looking to bring Borini back to the Stadium of Light all summer after he enjoyed a hugely successful season-long loan stint with Sunderland last season.
Liverpool were reluctant to sell the Italian, unless they received a fee in excess of the £10million they paid Roma two years ago.
But sources on Merseyside have indicated that a fee of around £12m has been agreed between the two clubs, plus a further £2m in add-ons.
Borini is thought to be keen on returning to Sunderland too after netting 10 goals for the Black Cats last season and winning the Young Player of the Year prize.
The signing would be a massive statement of intent from Sunderland and owner Ellis Short, with the fee matching the club’s record outlay on Steven Fletcher two years ago.