27 Aug 2015

Transfer Surprise: Spurs in shock move to sign 'outstanding' £14m Liverpool attacker as alternative to Berahino

The interminable Fabio Borini transfer saga rumbles on, and afyer being linked with Sunderland (again) this summer, Tottenham Hotspur have now reportedly entered the race to sign the Italian striker.

As confirmed by Jose Enrique last week, Fabio Borini is one of three players currently being marginalised and isolated at Anfield, and it's clear that Brendan Rodgers is trying to force the Italian out of Liverpool.

Borini has steadfastly refused to leave the club, but new reports suggest that a solution may be on the horizon.

Borini - the subject of a £14m bid last summer from Sunderland - is currently linked with a whole host of teams in Serie A, but according to a Wednesday report in Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

* Spurs are preparing a shock cut-price move for Borini.

* The London club will move for Borini if the deal for Saido Berahino falls through.

A transfer to Spurs will be a major surprise, and if Mauricio Pocchetino is genuinely considering the move, then his judgement in the transfer market (arguably) needs to be questioned.

Borini - hailed by Rodgers in October for his 'outstanding' performance against Swansea - is a bona-fide transfer flop, and his departure won't make the slightest difference to anything at Anfield.

Borini is reportedly on £55k-a-week at Liverpool, and unless Spurs pay his full salary (unlikely), he will probably reject the move and stay at Anfield.

Liverpool's transfer business under Brendan Rodgers is, for the most part, suspect, but Spurs are even worse, and the club continually seems to buy the wrong players.

That said, Son Heung-min - a long-time Liverpool transfer target - is reportedly on the verge of signing for Spurs, so that's a definite step in the right direction.

As for Borini - if he's given a run of games in his preferred position of central striker, then he might be worth a punt, but if Pocchetino does the same as Rodgers and plays him out of position, Borini will almost certainly end up being a waste of money.

If this deal actually goes through, it'll be interesting to see how much money Liverpool can squeeze out of Spurs.

Sunderland were willing to pay £14m last summer, but after a year in the wilderness, Borini's has surely dropped, and in my view, the Reds will be lucky to get £8m for him.

If that's what it takes to get Borini off the books, though, then so be it.

Author: Jaimie K


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