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Report: Aston Villa and Crystal Palace keen on former Liverpool flop Fabio Borini

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Report: Aston Villa and Crystal Palace keen on former Liverpool flop Fabio Borini

Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing former Liverpool striker, Fabio Borini, according to s report from French outfit, L’Arena. 

The report, via the Birmingham Mail, claims that the Premier League pair are both keen on Borini. The Italian is set to be a free agent this summer with his short-term contract at Verona set to come to an end.

Fabio Borini is available on a free this summer and both Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are keen on the striker. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

That has apparently perked the interest of both Dean Smith and Roy Hodgson, who will both be keen to add more goals to their squads in the transfer window.

Borini, who has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts in Italy after a somewhat disastrous spell in England, could be open to a move back to the Premier League.

His initial spell with Liverpool between 2012 and 2015 proved to be a massive disappointment. The striker had some good moments with Sunderland following that spell but was ultimately relegated from the top-flight with the Black Cats.

Borini was relegated with Sunderland the last time he was a Premier League player.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old only signed a six-month deal with Verona in January. Borini originally started his career in England with Chelsea before moving to Swansea. However, it was a loan spell with Roma that convinced Liverpool to pay around £11m for the striker. (BBC)

 

Low-risk signing as long as wage demands aren’t massive – TBR View

Signing someone like Fabio Borini on a free is never going to be a huge risk. He’s proven in the last few seasons he can perform and is much better than the player we saw at Liverpool.

However, if Palace and Villa want a prolific striker, they’re probably better looking elsewhere.

Borini has never hit double figures in a single league campaign. His best effort was during his spell with Roma prior to moving to Anfield, where he knocked in nine Serie A goals.

If the deal is relatively cheap, Borini might be a good signing. If he wants huge money, then both Palace and Villa would be better moving on.

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