Fabio Borini has completed a permanent move from Liverpool to Sunderland.
The 24-year-old spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Sunderland before returning to Anfield for the following campaign, and has now signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
The Italian striker scored seven goals in 32 Premier League games for the Black Cats, but turned down a permanent switch last summer in order to fight for a starting XI spot in Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Borini failed to secure a regular role for Liverpool last season despite the club finishing a disappointing sixth in the table, and has now brought his three-year spell on Merseyside to an end.
Borini told his new club’s official website: “I am delighted to be back at Sunderland. It is a club I know really well from my time here previously. “It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.” Sunderland coach Dick Advocaat said: “Fabio is a great addition to the squad who will make our front line stronger. He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team.” The Black Cats’ club’s sporting director Lee Congerton added: “Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea. ” He has developed into a Premier League striker which we have already seen from his previous loan spell at the club, and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.” The forward joined Liverpool in 2012 from Roma, and made 38 appearances in all competition for the Anfield club. Borini is the third Liverpool striker to depart this summer, with Mario Balotelli joining AC Milan on loan and Rickie Lambert signing for West Brom.