Liverpool can only bring West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino to the club once they get rid of Italian forward Fabio Borini, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The Reds are supposedly set to capture the England under-21 international for £23.5 million, according to recent reports, in an attempt to improve their striking options going into the second half of the season.
Their biggest rivals for his signature, Tottenham Hotspur, are now set to pursue Burnley striker Danny Ings instead.
However, before the Anfield club can spend another big sum on a striker, Brendan Rodgers has been told that he needs to fund a move by getting Fabio Borini to leave the club, according to The Sun.
This might turn out to be more difficult than expected.
Borini saw a £14 million bid for him from Sunderland accepted for him in the summer, but he turned down a switch in the hopes of establishing himself with Rodgers’ side.
He has, however, only made one start in the league.
Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet remains keen on signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, despite being consistently rebuffed for the striker during the summer transfer window.
Borini did something relatively unique to the modern game, refusing a transfer to Sunderland after having a £14 million bid accepted for him.
The Italian striker believed that he could yet carve out an opportunity for himself at the Reds, and has been granted a few opportunities to play in the Champions League.
However, this is nowhere near as much football as he played while on loan with the Black Cats last season, where he played a key role in ensuring that the north east side stayed in the Premier League.
It seemed natural, therefore, that Borini would move in the summer, but he did not. There has been debate over whether Poyet would go back in for Borini in January, with his Sunderland side requiring attacking recruits, and the Uruguayan boss has admitted that he will.
When asked if he will make a move, he said: “I would love to.”
Sunderland are considering a final bid for Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, and will decide this week whether to make another move during the winter window, as reported by the Daily Star.
Gus Poyet, Sunderland’s manager, is holding discussions with the club’s director of football Lee Congerton during the international break to discuss who they should make moves for.
Poyet is particularly keen to make a move for at least one new defender, but is also thinking about making another bid for Borini.
The north east club made a £14 million bid for the striker in the summer, which Liverpool accepted.
However, Borini himself turned the bid down, hoping to establish himself on a regular basis at Liverpool, who he joined only two seasons ago.
Sunderland made another bid, but Borini snubbed the move again, and then went on the record, saying he wanted to prove himself at Liverpool.
He has been given some opportunities to impress since the season began.