By Will Butcher
Celtic are expected to push through a £6million deal to sign Sunderland striker Fabio Borini, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the 26-year-old will complete a reunion with former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, after the two worked together at Swansea, Chelsea and at Anfield.
Borini, who suffered relegation with Sunderland this season, has a release clause in his contract that says he can leave the Stadium of Light for £6million and that could allow Celtic to pounce.
Now the Black Cats have been relegated to the Championship, that release clause can be activated and Rodgers could sign the one-time Italy international for a third time.
Last season, Borini made a total of 26 league and cup appearances but found the back of the net on just two occasions as David Moyes failed to keep the Wearside club in the top flight.
Celtic are set to lose Patrick Roberts as he returns to Man City from his loan in Glasgow, and Borini’s versatility could prove crucial in the Hoops’ 2017-18 season.
Borini has a contract with Sunderland until the summer of 2019 but it now appears that he could jump ship two years prior to the expiration of that deal.
Football Insider verdict:
Borini is largely inconsistent and has shown that throughout his career. Currently in decline, the Italian is not the player he once was that saw him shine for both Roma and Liverpool and he now needs a career move that will see him gain regular first-team football. Celtic could provide that option, after saving the career of Scott Sinclair last summer. Using the example set by Sinclair, who scored a huge 25 goals for the Hoops this season after struggling at Man City and Aston Villa, Borini could revive his career with a move to Glasgow as they prepare to partake in the Champions League.
In other Celtic transfer news, Tam McManus has delivered his verdict on Jonny Hayes and claims these two Hoops stars will leave.