Fabio Borini ends Liverpool woe with move to Sunderland
Fabio Borini has completed a permanent switch to Sunderland after the Black Cats' dogged pursuit finally paid dividends.
The 24-year-old Italian, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan at the Stadium of Light, severed his links with Liverpool when he signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee understood to be £8million with a further £2million in add-ons.
Borini's capture was confirmed by Sunderland in a statement which said: "Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
"The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite with 10 goals."
Liverpool also announced the departures of two other players. Striker Samed Yesil and teenage midfielder Sergi Canos have both gone out on loan, joining Swiss side FC Luzern and Brentford respectively.
Yesil's deal is also a season-long loan switch. The 21-year-old German signed for Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2012 and went on to make two first-team appearances for the Merseysiders in his first campaign with them, his only ones to date.
Canos has agreed a deal that will see him work with Championship side Brentford until January 3. The 18-year-old Spaniard, yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool, joined the Reds in 2013.