Sunderland have made their move to make Fabio Borini a permanent addition to the squad, according to a report by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
Quality players coming in on loan and then disappearing into the sunset never to be seen in red and white again has become a familiar sight for Sunderland fans in recent years, and Borini was thought to be just the latest to follow in the footsteps of Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, and Danny Rose in returning to impress at their parent clubs following a temporary switch to the north east.
That may not be the case, though, with the report suggesting a £8m bid has been made with a further £2m to follow. However, whilst Liverpool are said to be willing to let the Italian leave, it is believed they have asked for £12.5m.
It's difficult to really judge the credibility of this story in truth. If this was last summer, you could hang your hat on it. Di Marzio clearly had very good links with former Director of Football Roberto De Fanti and his record in all things Sunderland was pretty much immaculate.
However, this summer his record is considerably patchier without that direct link inside the club, as evidenced by his recent story insisting Vito Mannone had thrown a mardy and submitted a transfer request following the signing of Costel Pantilimon - a story the former Arsenal 'keeper angrily denied in the press this week.
So anyway, take this report however you want really. It's noteworthy, and I hope it's true, but I wouldn't go getting 'Borini 31' printed on your new away top or anything based on it.