Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has said the club are still waiting to hear from Fabio Borini regarding his future.
Borini spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, and became a hit in the North East. A few weeks ago an offer of £14 million was accepted by Liverpool for the Italian but there have been indications that Borini wants to fight for his place in the Liverpool team - whilst the desire of playing Champions League football is also a lure for him to stay on Merseyside.
Poyet has been quoted in The Journal, saying: “It’s still ongoing. The longer it goes we have to look at other options because that’s my job. But every time you are about to make a step forward (with another target) you stop because you still want Fabio. I cannot happen that we are left with nobody. I am working very hard to get the rest of the players we need.”
The saga surrounding Borini's future shows no signs of ending any time soon. The ball is firmly in the Italian's court.
Though Liverpool seem a little short on striking options, they seem quite prepared to let Borini depart the club for the fee that has been offered by the Black Cats - but it may mean they'll be in the market for two strikers before the window closes rather than just the one.
Poyet hinted at looking elsewhere given how long it is taking for Borini to make his mind up, so the Sunderland boss could be the man to put an end to this saga before anybody else.
Where will Borini be when the transfer window closes?