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  1. Michael July 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Does anyone else think that Borini has no intention of signimgng for us and that Liverpool have agreed a price with us knowing that, but really hoping that this might prompt one of the big Italian clubs to make a bid for him. That bid may well be less than the £14 million allegedly agreed with us …..but £10 million is better than nothing for a player who is surplus to their requirements.

    Ho hum…..Danny Graham anyone?

  2. Ifos July 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I cannot believe that we have negotiated a fee for player who doesn’t want to join us; what is the bleeding point? We’ve spent valuable time and energy on a fruitless chase. What kind of half-arsed operation does that? Surely the player was quietly sounded out about joining us, we had a season for that conversation to happen, for god’s sake! Only Sunderland could cock something like this up.
    Even if he does join us, it’s obvious his heart isn’t in it, if it was he would be in England waiting to sign, not jetting thousands of miles across the Atlantic. We need to withdraw the offer, tell him to sod off and get someone who wants to play for us.

    • Michael July 25, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      I think Gus will have identified more targets than just Borini….Joel Campbell for one. I do however think that Fabio must have shown some level of interest or we wouldn’t have pursued him. I reckon he will go to Italy before the window closes’

      The problem for fans is that you never know how old the news reported in the press is. For all we know we may have given up on him weeks ago. Personally I reckon he has finally given us a definite ‘ thanks for the offer, but no thanks ,my preference is to go back to Italy.’

      • Eric012 August 9, 2014 at 8:42 am #

        I think we need to move on, this seems finished.

        • Michael August 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

          I also thought was finished until Liverpool look like they will be signing Balotelli. Surely Fabio can work out where he stands in their pecking order. But I still reckon he will be off back to Italy. Signing for Inter or Napoli will mean he has a better chance of being picked for Italy.

    • William C August 11, 2014 at 10:33 am #


      Agree completely, and would add a further point – he is not that good!

      In my opinion he is an okay player, and I like his attitude, but he is not the sort of striker that dominates defences, and he is nowhere near worth £14m [ reported ] If he was, does anyone seriously think Liverpool would let him go?

      We should have moved on from this guy long ago.

  3. Eric012 August 8, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Well done to Mrs Wesley for being sensible enough to use a BOGOF offer on the family’s visit to Legoland. Although if she’d asked I could have told her it’s crap and saved her the journey.

  4. Jeremy August 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Usually the simplest explanation is the correct one.

    He went back to Liverpool at the end of last season. having hit a decent run of form and got a few goals. At that point there wasn’t a hope of him getting a game ahead of Sturridge and Suarez, so he probably thought he’d be better off making a move. At that point, coming to us had probably been discussed informally, but we were in no rush to pay his wages over the summer.

    Next thing you know, Suarez has done his cannibal act, and Liverpool have bought Origi (and sent him immediately on loan).Borini must think he’s in with a chance of starting at this point ahead of Lambert, who they also signed, as he sees potential targets like Cavani come to nothing.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time but not so good now, perhaps. Who hasn’t gone through that process, several times in their lives.?

    He’s not coming. It’s take a remarkably long time for people to realise this.

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