The Black Cats close in on a deal for the Italian.
Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is close to completing a loan move to Sunderland as the 22-year-old struggles to make an impact at Anfield, reports BBC Sport.
The forward was an £11m signing from AS Roma 12 months ago and became manager Brendan Rodgers’ first acquisition after taking over at the Reds in 2012.
Rodgers worked with Borini at Swansea City when the Italian spent a year on-loan at the Liberty Stadium from previous club Chelsea.
Yet in that time the attacker only managed two goals in 20 appearances and the Northern Irishman is now willing to let the Italy international leave for the Stadium of Light to gain more experience.
Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio is still trying to improve the 45-year-old’s squad despite having already brought in 12 new players.
Di Canio’s side have struggled for goals so far this term, netting only twice in three Premier League matches and succumbing to two defeats.
Top-scorer from last campaign Steven Fletcher did score against Crystal Palace at the weekend, but £7m signing Jozy Altidore has failed to find the net as yet.
The Reds meanwhile are enjoying their best start to a season since 1994/95, after securing their third consecutive victory against Manchester United.
Striker Daniel Sturridge has scored in every fixture so far and with Luis Suarez returning from suspension soon, Borini would find it difficult to get much game time.
Liverpool are also working on bringing in Chelsea winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan themselves.
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