Borini, whose seven goals for the Black Cats last season helped secure their Premier League status for the upcoming campaign, has been linked yet again with a move to the Stadium of Light, with manager Gus Poyet this time looking to secure the services of the Liverpool forward on a more permanent basis.
With negotiations between the two English clubs ongoing and the transfer deadline fast approaching, however, Poyet has acted quickly in identifying a possible alternative to Borini in the form of Chilean World Cup sensation Eduardo Vargas, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
Vargas, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Spanish side Valencia, has not featured much under the regime of current Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, and looks set again to miss out on considerable playing time for the Partenopei in the 2014/15 season.
As a result, the 24 year old South American starlet has been forced to look elsewhere for more regular first team football, with the Premier League seemingly his likely destination. Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers, as well as Sunderland, have all been attributed with strong interest in the Chilean international, who’s future appears to lie outside of the Stadio San Paolo.