Sebastian Larsson: 'Fabio Borini signing would be huge'

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson feels that the signing of Fabio Borini would give every player at the Black Cats a boost heading into the new season.

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson believes that it would be "a really big deal for the club" to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini on a permanent basis.

The Black Cats have agreed a fee of £14m with the Reds for the 23-year-old, and are reportedly keen to tie up the move within the next 24 hours.

Larsson feels that the signing would give every player at the club a boost and increase the competition for places in Gus Poyet's side.

He told reporters: "It would be a really big deal for the club. Fabio was here last year and did really well, so he knows the place and we know him.

"Of course that would be a great signing, but for the people behind the scenes to deal with and we'll have to see if it gets over the line. He showed last year just what a good player he is, especially in the second half of the season.

"We all know what he can bring to the team, and you need as many good players as you can to help improve the competition in the squad. If Fabio returns, it will help everyone else drive on and get better."

Borini scored 10 goals for Sunderland while on loan at the club last season.

 Fabio Borini of Sunderland celebrates with Adam Johnson as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on May 7, 2014
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