Liverpool sign Fabio Borini from Roma

The Italian forward has moved to Anfield after just a single season in his native country and will link up with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers for the third time
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini from Roma for a fee in the region of €14 million.

The 21-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit and is set to link up with Brendan Rodgers for a third time after he worked under the Northern Irishman at Chelsea and Swansea City.

Borini netted nine goals in 24 Serie A appearances for Roma last season and earned a call-up to Italy's Euro 2012 squad, although he failed to feature for Cesare Prandelli's side at the tournament.

“The supporters are going to love him,” Rodgers told Liverpool's official website. "He's a big talent, 21 years of age, he scores goals, and his passion, focus and concentration is a very important part of his game - and a big part of what you want from a player.

“I've known him since he had just turned 16 years of age. We [Chelsea] took him in from Bologna when he was 16 and he progressed incredibly well as a young player to go on to play for the first team at Chelsea.

"It didn't work out in terms of he couldn't agree a contract, but before he left I took him on loan to Swansea and he made a big, big impression there and really helped us in our promotion charge that season.

“As I said, he's a goalscorer, but he's a multifunctional player who can play in a number of positions - and someone I believe has got great growth.”

Borini will wear the number 29 shirt.