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The striker spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, prompting the Black Cats to agree a £14 million deal for a permanent move, but the Italian wants to stay at Anfield

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is likely to stay with the club despite a bid from Sunderland, according to his agent.

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The Italian forward spent last season on loan at The Stadium of Light - scoring 10 goals in all competitions - with Black Cats boss Gus Poyet revealing the club have agreed terms over a reported £14 million move.

However, Borini's agent Marco De Marchi claims the 23-year-old is determined to secure a place in Brendan Rodgers's starting XI.

"Sunderland have made a large offer of €18 million [£14m] to sign him, but Fabio wants to stay," De Marchi told tuttomercatoweb.com.

"His project with Liverpool started two years ago when he left Roma. He began a journey and it is a major project for him.

"He should not be judged on his first year [at Liverpool]. He was out for six months with various injuries and during the past year he took a step back by going to Sunderland and he has had an extraordinary season.

"Now, after the loan, Liverpool have not told me anything. I think he will stay, he is convinced that he will play."

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