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Sunderland’s Borini deal back on, but it may rest on shifting Altidore

| 08.12.2014

It looked as if Fabio Borini wouldn’t don a Sunderland shirt again after he appeared to spurn a permanent move in the summer, but four months into the new campaign and it looks as if a return to the north east could be on the cards.

Asked after his side’s goalless draw against his current club Liverpool whether he would like to sign the Italian in January, Gustavo Poyet was forthright in his response;

“I would love to. It is difficult to explain [why it didn’t happen before]. It was a long summer and the thing everyone knows, we agreed a price and we flew to America and he didn’t come,” the Uruguayan said.

The Black Cats are certainly crying out for some cutting edge in front of goal, that stalemate consolidating the fact that only Burnley and Aston Villa have scored fewer goals in the Premier League this season.

Borini netted seven times in 25 appearances during his spell at the Stadium of Light, but has featured far less since he returned to Anfield.

With just one Premier League start to his name at Liverpool this season, some sections of the Reds’ fan base were critical of Brendan Rodgers’ decision to leave him out of the squad on Saturday, further fuelling talk of a potential exit for the former Roma striker.

But in an interesting twist, any move back to Sunderland could rely on a transfer triangle kicking into motion.

Liverpool are keen to recall summer signing Divock Origi back from a season-long loan from Lille, although the French side are far from happy to play ball.

Michel Seydoux’s men do not want to release the young Belgian without having a suitable replacement lined-up.

Step forward Jose Altidore. The American has struggled since moving to the Premier League, netting just once in 40 appearances in the top flight and could be the man to kick off an intriguing chain of events.

If Lille follow up their publicised interest, it could spark two Premier League sides into life in a season in which both are performing way below expectations.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.