Sunderland have made a move to sign Italian forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool on a permanent basis.
Borini was on loan at the Black Cats last season and played a key role in the club's successful fight against relegation from the Premier League.
The former Roma man has since returned to Anfield this summer and is believed to be part of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' plans for the new campaign, with Champions League football necessitating a larger squad requirement at the club.
But Sunderland are hoping to persuade the Liverpool manager to change his mind by making a solid offer for Borini.
According to Sky Italia, Sunderland have indicated to Liverpool they are willing to pay £8m, plus a further £2m in add-ons, to secure Borini.
Liverpool however are believed to want a minimum of £12.5m before they even consider cashing in on the player.
The 23-year-old clocked up 32 appearances for Sunderland in the Premier League last season, hitting the back of the net on seven occasions.
He also played his part in the club's run to the final of the League Cup.
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