Sunderland: Three possible alternatives to Liverpool's Fabio Borini

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Sunderland must now look at other options to bolster their attacking line following the news that Fabio Borini is set to stay at Liverpool next season.

Borini had been the Black Cat's number one transfer target this summer after a fruitful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season lead to the Italian being named as the club's Young Player of the Year. 

According to reports Sunderland had made a £10m offer for the 23-year-old, but this was quashed by Borini's agent last night who put to bed any uncertainty surrounding his client's future once and for all. 

Marco De Marchi told the Italian press: “So far, Liverpool have not received any communication regarding his transfer. I would not be surprised if there were other clubs who want him, because I consider him a complete striker.

“But for the moment, all I can say with certainty is that Fabio has returned to Liverpool to stay.”

With any potential deal seemingly impossible, here are three alternative targets Gus Poyet may now look to instead of Borini;

Bryan Ruiz 

The 28-year-old is Fulham's forgotten man and spent the second half of last season on loan in Eredivisie at PSV Eindhoven. Ruiz has impressed whilst on World Cup duty with Costa Rica, and has put himself in the shop window for a potential move away from Craven Cottage. With the ability to operate in a striking role or from an advanced midfield position, Ruiz certainly qualifies as an alternative to Borini from a positional stand point. PSV Eindhoven are thought to be keen on signing the Costa Rican captain on a permanent basis, but Ruiz has made clear his preference to prove himself in the Premier League

Moussa Sow 

Sow has been linked heavily to Sunderland in the past few weeks, and the Black Cats could focus their full attention towards sealing a deal for the Senegalise striker now that a deal for Fabio Borini is no longer an option. Sow could finally provide an answer to Sunderland's goal scoring problems, the Fenerbahçe striker has netted 15 league goals in two consecutive seasons in Turkey and appears to be in the peak of his career at 28-years-old. According to reports the Senegal international has a £14m buyout clause in his contract that could allow Sunderland to open talks almost immediately should they choose to stump up the money. However, Poyet may see such a fee too bigger risk for an untried player in English football. 

Victor Moses 

Moses has returned to pre-season training with Chelsea following Nigeria's World Cup first round knock-out exit in the hands of France. The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Liverpool, but failed to impress enough to warrant further interest from Brendan Rodgers and the Nigerian is unlikely to play a big role in Jose Mourinho's plans for the upcoming Premier League campaign. Positionally Moses is a possible alternative for Fabio Borini and at such a young age the attacker may still have his best years ahead of him. There has been some speculation in recent days to indicate that Sunderland are lining up a bid for the Chelsea man, but there has been no official confirmation from either side regarding a possible deal or even a potential price tag. 

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