Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is ready to launch a second bid to sign Liverpool forward Fabio Borini after failing to secure a deal for the Italy international during the summer transfer window.
Borini failed to secure a move away from Anfield and has since gone on to play a peripheral role for the Reds this season, making just a single start in the Premier League while he has been omitted from the last three matchday squads.
The former Chelsea, Swansea City and Roma forward scored 10 goals for Sunderland while on loan from Liverpool and Poyet continues to harbour hopes of securing a permanent move for the 23 year old.
"I would love to [sign Borini]," he said. "It is difficult to explain [how the summer deal collapsed]. It was a long summer and the things everyone knows, we agreed a price and we flew to America [for Liverpool's pre-season tour] and he didn't come.
"The bottom line is he is not with us. I am trying to concentrate on what we have got."
Though Liverpool have struggled for goals this season since the departure of Luis Suarez, with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert having only mustered one goal between them in the Premier league, Borini continues to be overlooked.
Since moving to Liverpool in 2012, Borini has scored just two goals in all competitions and is rapidly becoming an unwanted figure on Merseyside.
Serie A giants Inter Milan have confirmed they are interested in signing him in the near future and a deal could yet be completed in the January transfer window, however the striker has admitted he is ready to fight for his place in the Liverpool first team.
"It was difficult mentally to deal with the situation from one day to another but in my head it was clear that I wanted to stay here and fight for my place," Borini told Sky Sports.
"That's what I have always said in the past and what I have always wanted to do and I am showing it every day in training."
"I have been at Sunderland and done well, so I think this is the year to make my point to stay here."