One year after turning down the opportunity to make a loan move to the Stadium of Light permanent, Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has made the move to Premier League rivals Sunderland for a fee that could rise as high as £10mil on the back of performance and appearance based clauses.
“I am delighted to be back at Sunderland,” the Italian striker said after putting pen to paper on a four year deal. “It is a club I know really well from my time here previously,” he continued, before adding, “It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.”
On the back of Borini’s departure, Liverpool have announced a signing of their own with Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi joining the Anfield outfit from the Imperial Academy in his homeland for a fee believed to be £400,000 — although he will play no part in the coming campaign for either the first team or the reserves having been immediately loaned out to German club FSV Frankfurt.
“This is the biggest club in the world and I’m privileged to be here,” the youngster told the Reds official website. “I’ll try to develop myself very well so that when I come back to Liverpool I’ll be able to add value to the team,” enthused Awoniyi. “When I’m in the red shirt, I will always give my very best to make the fans happy.”