West Ham United are one of a number of clubs finding themselves linked with a move for Fabio Borini this week. Calciomercato is reporting that the Italian, who is now a free agent, is being chased by West Ham as well as Torino and Hellas Verona, his most recent club.
Aston Villa and Watford have also been linked with the 29-year-old by TuttoMercatoWeb.
With money tight due to the global health crisis, a free agent with Premier League experience would rightly be of interest to several clubs across Europe and West Ham could certainly do with the increased firepower in attack.
However, there is one clear reason why a deal for the one-cap Azzurri international seems unlikely. That reason is David Moyes.
The current West Ham boss has worked with Borini before. The pair were at Sunderland together, including the season in which the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League.
It would be fair to say that their relationship was complicated.
Borini did not like playing out of position under Moyes and felt the Scotsman created a negative atmosphere in the changing room that did not help Sunderland’s survival hopes.
“It’s harder than previous times I think,” Borini was quoted by The Telegraph as telling the press. “We have not been at our level and we have not been a united group as previous seasons. That’s what has been the problem.
“[Our struggles are] a little bit because of problems within the dressing room but that’s for us to deal with it.”
He even slid directly in front of Moyes in a protest celebration after coming off the bench to score an equaliser, coincidentally against West Ham, in April 2017.
It was clear that Moyes never truly fancied Borini and the Italian was not exactly happy about his situation at Sunderland under the current West Ham boss.
So a reunion at the London Stadium appears to be a long way off.