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The Gossip: Borini On The Verge

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Time for our weekly round-up of all the transfer news and gossip from the week just gone.

Laurence Griffiths

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A typically busy week for transfer news this week, with the big news being Sunderland making a club record equalling bid but before we get to any of that, the formalities:

Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace)
Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (Stade Rennais)
Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes)
Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina)
Caner Erkin (Fenerbache)
Gordan Bunoza (Wisla Krakow)
Will Buckley (Brighton)
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)
Raul Meireles (Fenerbache)
Matt Grimes (Exeter)
Josh McEachran (Chelsea)
Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon)
Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff)
Fabio Borini (Liverpool)
Martin Kelly (Liverpool
Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce)
Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon)
Ever Banega (Valencia)
Jordon Mutch (Cardiff)
Daniele Dessena (Cagliari)
Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos)
Christopher Forrester (St Pats.)
Billy Jones (West Brom)
Jordi Gomez (Wigan)
Costel Pantilimon (Man City)
Michael Mancienne (Hamburg)
Kevin Chaurand (Celaya)
Luis Pedro Cavanda (Lazio)
Ashley Williams (Swansea)
Tom Ince (Blackpool)
Luca Cigarini (Atalanta)
William Vainqueur (Standard Liege)
Luciano Vietto (Racing Club)
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax)
Paulinho (Livorno)
Curtis Davies (Hull)
Ross McCormack (Leeds)
Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa)
Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille)
Rene Adler (Hamburg)
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
German Lux (Deportivo La Coruna)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke)
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
Lewis Baker (Chelsea)
Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Panagiotis Kone (Bologna)
Diego Poyet (Charlton)
Enner Valencia (Pachuca)
Jose Holebas (Olympiakos)
Djamel Mesbah (Parma)
Timothee Kolodziejczak (Nice)
Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)
Jack Rodwell (Man City)
Nabil Bahoui (AIK)
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
Troy Deeney (Watford)
Jordan McGhee (Hearts)
Jamal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest)
Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal)
Rod Fanni (Marseille)
Christian Fuchs (Schalke)
Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros)
Dorin Rotariu (Dinamo Bucharest)
Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk)
Max Clayton (Crewe)
Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton)
Charlie Austin (QPR)
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)
Davide Astori (Calgiari)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew)
Tim Cahill (NY Red Bulls)
Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea)
Raoul Cedric Loe (Osasuna)
Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
Leandro Rodriguez (CA River Plate)

After 14 new names were linked with the club last week, we only have nine new entries this time. Those nine take our running total to a very impressive 81.

Obviously the big news this week is Sunderland and Liverpool agreeing a deal that could see Fabio Borini return to the Stadium of Light. The fee of £12m + £2m add-ons would be a club record equalling deal and is reliant on the player agreeing personal terms with the club and passing a medical.

There have been rumours emerging from Italy that the player has no interest whatsoever in returning to Sunderland and had told Brendan Rodgers that he wishes to remain at Liverpool but those rumours have been roundly dismissed by usually very solid journalists close to Liverpool, even if there is still quite a bit of work to do before we see Borini wearing the red and white shirt once again.

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool have accepted Sunderland's bid, and Gus Poyet was also happy to talk about the deal, saying after Sunderland's 5-1 win at Darlington;

What I can say is that we have agreed (a deal) with Liverpool, we are waiting for correspondence and then we move on from there.

It's clear the impact Fabio had last season and we are going to spend that amount of money on a player that we know how much he can give us. He would be perfect for us.

It's an ongoing thing. We have done the steps that we needed to do properly, and now we are waiting. We want to do things the right way.

The correspondence is likely to be written permission from Liverpool that allows Sunderland to speak to their player but we should hopefully hear about Borini travelling to the North East in the coming days. He has been named in Liverpool's travelling party for their pre-season tour of America which leaves on Sunday, should he not travel with the rest of the squad expect imminent updates regarding his impending transfer.

Another former loanee has been rumoured to have been the subject of a bid from Sunderland, as Sunderland make a £2.2m bid for Marcos Alonso that would also see Modibo Diakite heading in the opposite direction, if reports out of Italy are to be believed.

Both players played for their current clubs yesterday, notably with Alonso yet again playing on the left hand side of a three-man central defence rather than his customary left back role. As the players wish to return to the clubs they spent successful loan spells with last season and the head coaches of both clubs hoping to resign the players, expect this deal to go through eventually, even if Sunderland have to increase their offer for the Spaniard.

Aston Villa were believed to be close to signing Ki Sung-Yueng earlier in the week, however the player's agent quickly refuted those reports, which in turn led to Sunderland being linked with a move for the former loanee once again. Although Ki is a talented player and fits Poyet's style beautifully, Poyet himself clearly went cold on the player as the season drew to a close. After speaking in glowing terms about Ki's impact in February and saying he hoped to sign him on a permanent basis, those were comments he did not repeat, despite similar and repeated comments since about Borini, Alonso and Vergini.

Sunderland were linked with a move for USA international Matt Besler this week, with the Sporting Kansas City defender himself claiming Fulham had made a bid for him and that Sunderland had either made a bid themselves or were about toHowever his claims were quickly rubbished with the local press insisting that no bid would be forthcoming from Sunderland. Besler did get what he wanted yesterday though, with the interest from elsewhere helping him secure a lucrative designated player contract with his current club.

Another central defender who impressed at the World Cup was linked with the club this week, in the shape of Costa Rica international Giancarlo Gonzalez. Although not a rumour that gained much traction in England, the player was strongly linked to the club abroad, however all those links for the Columbus Crew defender originated from a Mirror article which suggested a player from the World Cup that each Premier League club should sign, so not a rumour we should pay much attention to.

The last central defender to be linked with Sunderland this week was Davide Astori of Cagliari. The Italian interntional was said to have been offered to Sunderland, who have asked to be kept informed about the player, with the player himself believed to be willing to move to England should any potential deal to be agreed. Astori had agreed terms with Lazio, while he waited for the clubs to agree a fee but the Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini has said he will never sell to Lazio. It still seems more likely that the player will remain in Serie A, despite the reported interest of Sunderland, Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Leeds United, as we have apparently gone back in time 10 years.

Further proof that we have gone back in time a decade comes with our next link, 34-year-old Australian international Tim Cahill. The player who had an obsession with scoring against Sunderland during his time at Millwall and Everton looks to be open to a return to England after a successful World Cup. It could be argued that Cahill would provide a bit of nous and experience that we have been lacking in midfield since the departure of Bolo Zenden but Sunderland are believed to be looking for much younger players this summer and will not pursue the New York Red Bulls man.

Back in 2014 and our most intriguing link of the week is with Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan international Cristian Rodriguez. According to Spanish daily MARCA, Gus Poyet is keen to add his compatriot  to the Sunderland squad ahead of the new season. As much as 'Cebolla' is a good player, he has made no secret of his desire to leave Atletico in search of more regular playing time and coming off the back of the World Cup, it's likely another case of the club being used to drum up interest in the player, particularly as Poyet being in charge of Sunderland means it's an easy link to make.

Another midfielder we can probably discount is Osasuna midfielder Raoul Cedric Loe. Sky Sports claim Sunderland are keeping tabs on a player Osasuna are hoping to move on this summer due to him only have one year left on his contract but once again it smacks of our name being used as his agent looks for potential buyers, rather than any genuine interest on our part.

We were credited with an interest in Sevilla striker Carlos 'Chewie' Bacca by the Daily Star, who also claimed Everton and Southampton were keen on the 27-year-old but the price tag of £14m slapped on his head by Sevilla, as well as his lack of Premier League experience means we can rule this one out.

Our final link of the week is with Leandro Rodriguez of Uruguayan side River Plate. The 21-year-old striker is likely to join Sunderland in the Winter transfer window according to the president of his club Alvaro Silva. We will have to wait and see if that there is any truth in that but we certainly need to bolster the ranks up front behind the established first team strikers of Altidore, Fletcher and Wickham.

In outgoing news, Real Betis are believed to have agreed a deal with Sunderland to sign Alfred N'Diaye but while the Spanish second division club struggle to afford his wages, the player himself is hoping to convince Poyet to keep him in his plans, which makes the efforts of Betis to convince the player to move down a division an even more unlikely prospect. La Liga side Malaga may test N'Diaye's will to force his way into Poyet's plans, with the side who finish 11th in the Spanish top flight last season thought to be mulling over a move for the player.

Valentin Roberge has seen a loan offer for his services from Braga rejected but there are also clubs in Serie A and La Liga interested in the player, which could in turn spark Ligue 1clubs to make a move for the 27-year-old.

Finally (it's finally because I am pretty sure we are all sick of this saga at this point), despite Newell's agreeing a deal in principle with Sunderland over the sale of Nacho Scocco and the player already agreeing a five-year deal with his former club, the player is still on the books of Sunderland due to our reluctance to pay a sell-on fee to Internacional as we believe we were not able to properly utilise the player.

This delay has given hope to River Plate, who have named the striker as their number one transfer target and are hoping to convince him to join them instead of Newell's, their cause is helped by their apparent willingness to pay Sunderland's outstanding payment to Internacional but their interest seems destined to end in disappointment with Scocco making it clear that he wishes to return to Newell's.

That's your lot for this week but stay tuned to Roker Report throughout the summer as we keep you up to date with all the transfer news and rumours. Also, feel free to keep in touch with our dedicated Transfer Centre, which you can do by CLICKING HERE.