Liverpool have agreed a £14m fee with Sunderland for the sale of striker Fabio Borini.
According to the Echo, Brendan Rodgers has decided to off-load the striker after Sunderland substantially increased their bid. It is claimed that Liverpool will stand to make £12m plus £2m in add-ons on the player they bought from AS Roma.
This will be the third striker to depart Anfield this summer, after Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona and Iago Aspas also completing a season-long loan deal to Spanish club Sevilla. This leaves Liverpool with only two recognised strikers on their roster -- Daniel Sturridge and new signing Rickie Lambert.
Borini joined Liverpool in 2012 and was Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager. However, the Italian international had an injury-ravaged first season at the club. The 2013-14 season saw him move to the Stadium of Light for a season-long loan, where he impressed with some top-quality performances.
The 23-year-old forward scored some important goals for Gus Poyet's men, in their miraculous escape from relegation and these performances caught the attention of his parent club and the manager, with the former Swansea boss considering to retain him for the upcoming season.
However, the substantial bid from Sunderland seems to have swayed the manager's head and he has now sanctioned the sale of the striker of £14m. The money from the sale will add to the £75m they received from Barcelona for Suarez, and Rodgers will look to add more fire power as Liverpool look to become the highest spending club during the summer transfer window
Meanwhile, it looks like Liverpool have already closed in on a replacement, after Queens Park Rangers confirmed ongoing talks with the Reds for their forward Loic Remy. The Frenchman has a release-clause of £8.5m if a bid comes from a top four club.
Liverpool seem to have made the French international their number one striker target after being put off by Swansea's hefty demands for Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony.