Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remains confident the club will sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.
Borini ended his loan spell with the Northern club at the end of the season and returned to Liverpool with boss Brendan Rodgers keen to use him as a back-up striker, but Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is confident that he can bring the Italian back to the Stadium of Light.
Personal terms were reportedly agreed last month, but a change in Liverpool’s bid for Loic Remy saw the Italian youngster remain at Anfield for the time being.
Speaking after his side’s 2-0 pre-season win over Real Betis, Poyet said that the club are still trying to sign Borini.
“We’re still waiting,” said Poyet.
“There’s no more than last week, no more than next week. We’re waiting but it’s still ongoing. I’m still confident it will happen.”
Borini scored seven goals in 32 league appearances for Sunderland last season and helped them avoid relegation.
“I don’t think the word is ‘frustrating’ because we knew after he travelled and the [shoulder] injury that it would take a bit longer,” added Poyet.
“We’ll keep working because we know him very well.
“Fabio ticks all the boxes because we know what we’re going to get and how important it is for us and the fans as well. We are in a very good position… waiting.
“It’s that last step, that little thing that is going to close it. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it takes a bit longer.”